Wisconsin Union Theater Announces Line-up of Madison World Music Festival

Wisconsin Union Theater (September 14, 2010)

By Esty Dinur, Director of Marketing and Communications & Chair for Artistic Selection, 608-262-3907, edinur@wisc.edu

The seventh annual Madison World Music Festival will be held from September 23-25, 2010, in the Memorial Union and at the Willy Street Fair and Madison College. Outreach events start on Tuesday, September 21.

Again this year, all events are free and open to the public. Patrons who wish to can donate online or send donations to: Wisconsin Union Theater / MWMF Fund, 800 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53706. With diminishing funding, donations are needed, and greatly appreciated.

As in past years, the festival brings extraordinary artists from around the world for free performances, workshops, lectures, films, and other outreach events. It offers many opportunities to dance and party as well as to enjoy traditional music and the signature stiltwalking puppets of Dragon Knights

The schedule is as follows. Please note: schedule is subject to change. Please consult the website for last minute changes.

Tuesday, 9/21/10:
12 – 1:30 p.m.: Film, “The Duke of Bachata,” about Joan Soriano, 206 Ingraham Hall

Wednesday, 9/22/10:
6:30 p.m.: Dja-Rara documentary, “The Other Side of the Water: the Journey of a Haitian Rara Band in Brooklyn” with Q&A with film director, Jeremy Robins, MATC Mitby Theater

Thursday, 9/23/10:
12:00 p.m.: Dja-Rara performance, Madison College.

3:00 p.m.: Dja-Rara on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Here on Earth.

4:15 p.m.: Mahala Rai Banda lecture/performance, Humanities Building, TITU.

5:00 p.m.: Dja-Rara at Madison College south campus at the   South Side Farmers Market.

6:00 p.m. La Santa Cecilia (Mexico/USA) Memorial Union Terrace (Rain – Union Theater)

7:00 p.m.: Film screening and discussion, “The Other Side of the Water: the Journey of a    Haitian Rara Band in Brooklyn,” 1295 Grainger Hall. Q & A with director Jeremy Robins.

8 p.m.: Mahala Rai Banda (Romania) Memorial Union Terrace (Rain – Union Theater)
10 p.m.: Kenge Kenge (Kenya) Memorial Union Terrace (Rain – Union Theater)

Friday, 9/24/10, Music Performances at Memorial Union Terrace (Good Weather Schedule. See rain schedule on Web site):

4:00 p.m.: “Jewish Folklore and the Creative Arts,” Lecture by Jeremiah Lockwood of Sway Machinery. Memorial Union TITU.

4:45 p.m.: Ulssu Korean Drum Troupe – Terrace
5:30 p.m.: Dragon Knights (Venus / San Diego) – Terrace
6:00 p.m.: Dja-Rara (Haiti / Brooklyn) parade – Terrace
6:45 p.m.: Dragon Knights (Venus / San Diego) – Terrace
6:45 p.m.: Barbara Furtuna (Corsica) – Union Theater
7:15 p.m.: Ordo Sakhna (Kyrgyzstan) – Terrace
8:00 p.m.: Barbara Furtuna (Corsica) – Union Theater
9:00 p.m.: Dja-Rara performance on stage – Terrace
10:00 p.m.: The Sway Machinery (Jewish / NY) – Terrace

Saturday, 9/25/10, Willy St. Fair:
1:30 p.m.: Dja-Rara on stage
2:15 p.m.: Dja-Rara and Dragon Knights (Venus / San Diego) parade
3:00 p.m.: Cimarron (Colombia)
4:00 p.m.: Dragon Knights (Venus / San Diego)
4:20 p.m.: Khaira Arby (Mali)
6:15 p.m.: Cimarron (Colombia)
7:30 p.m.: Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars (Sierra Leone)

Saturday, 9/25/10, Memorial Union:
9:00 p.m.: Joan Soriano (Dominican Republic) Bachata dance party!

The festival is presented by the Wisconsin Union Directorate Performing Arts Committee in collaboration with the Willy Street Fair and Office of Student Life—Madison College and support from the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Other sponsors include American Family Insurance, Anonymous Fund, Evjue Foundation, Madison Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, and UW Credit Union.

UW-Madison and media sponsors include  WORT, 89.9 FM, Wisconsin Public Radio, AV Club, Capital City Hues, Madison Times, CREECA and LACIS.

Sponsors for the Wisconsin Union’s summer music program, which includes the Madison World Music Festival are: Ale Asylum Brewing, Bell’s Brewing Company, Bud Light, Capital Brewing Company, Fat Tire, Green Mountain Beverage, Lakefront Brewing, Miller Coors, New Glarus Brewing, Pabst Brewing Company, Spaten North American, Sprecher Brewing Company, and Stella Artois.