gF Receives NEA Grant!

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has just announced that globalFEST is one of the nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant! This is the first NEA grant for globalFEST and it will support our annual flagship festival in January. gF is thrilled that our mission to encourage cross-cultural exchange, support diverse programming, and develop meaningful cultural diplomacy relationships has the support of the NEA. 

globalFEST Hangout this Tuesday with Wang Li!

As part of our goal of sharing great music and serving the world music community we will be inviting you to globalFEST hangouts throughout the year to bring our friends together for wonderful music. We will be having a hangout this Tuesday, May 7th at 7 PM for master of the Chinese jaw harp, Wang Li. The gF team will be having dinner with Wang Li in K-Town afterward and we'd love for you to join. After you've purchased your ticket contact Meera Dugal at for more details! 

Live@365 at Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave @ 34th St

"fascinating, introspective perpetual-motion meditations"– NY Times

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globalFEST Artists at Summer Festivals

This summer is going to be packed with opportunities to catch globalFEST alumni performing free, outdoor shows. Lincoln Center Out Of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Central Park SummerStage, International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Grand Performances, Stern Grove Festival, Montreal Jazz Fest, Winnipeg Folk FestivalRiver to River and the World Financial Center Plaza Series!

globalFEST artists include :

  • Angelique Kidjo
  • Antibalas
  • A Tribe Called Red
  • Aurelio Martinez and the Garifuna Soul
  • Calypso Rose
  • Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino
  • Debo Band
  • Fatoumata Diawara
  • La Santa Cecilia
  • Lila Downs
  • Martha Redbone Roots Project
  • Mucca Pazza
  • Nation Beat
  • Niyaz
  • Novalima
  • Oliver Mtukudzi
  • Pedrito Martinez
  • Red Baraat
  • Spanish Harlem Orchestra
  • The Gloaming
  • The Joshua Light Show


globalFEST HQ are moving to Chelsea!

As of May 5th the globalFEST Headquarters will be at the new Centre For Social Innovation (CSI)in the Starrett-Lehigh Building at 601 West 26th Street. CSI is a home for a diverse group of New York's social entrepreneurs, nonprofits and innovators and we are happy to join the community!


Upcoming Alumni Shows


Wed April 30th – Sun May 5th sets at 8pm 

and 10pm each night

The Stone, East 2nd ST and Ave C


Sun May 5th at 9:00pm 

Gonzales and Gonzales, 192 Mercer ST


Thurs May 9th at 9:30pm 

Joe's Pub at The Public, 425 Lafayette ST


Sat May 18th at 7:30pm 

Common Grounds Coffeehouse, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY


globalFEST is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering cultural exchange. In addition to its signature, groundbreaking 1-night, 3-stage, 12-band world music showcase/festival every January in NYC, globalFEST runs the gF Touring Fund which helps alumni artists to reach new audiences and curates stages at a variety of festivals and special events in the U.S. and internationally.

gF is a year-round resource for curators, global music artists and fans, and the live music industry as a whole. It aims to create new opportunities for world music artists and to support diverse programming in the performing arts field and beyond.  For more info and to make a donation please visit