At this year’s globalFEST, the 17th annual event of showcasing world artists in New York City, the music was as diverse, dynamic, and vibrant as ever. With 12 acts on three stages, artists traveled from Korea, Hungary, Brazil, Senegal, Algeria, France, West Africa, Tibet, the Louisiana bayou and beyond. It was a spectacular five-hour celebration of music and cultural heritage, and a great way to kick off the new year.
Unlike other music festivals, globalFEST is more than just one evening of music, it’s a global music platform. Founded after 9/11, it brings international artists to the forefront by also serving as a non-profit organization to help them to go on to build a broader audience with tours, media, and cultural exchange programs. Over the years, many of the showcasing artists have gone on to perform at larger venues and festivals such as the Lincoln Center, The Apollo, The Kennedy Center, Bonnaroo, Coachella, and many others.