globalFEST's festival takes place each January and is one of North America’s most important global music events, attracting a large number of music industry professionals, members of the press and music fans. Following participation at gF, artists have gone on to tour North America at hundreds of theaters, events and festivals across the country and around the world. Tours and cultural exchanges, as well as features and articles, that result from participating at globalFEST have built an ever-widening audience for global music and, by extension, an increase in international cooperation and collaboration.
For our 20TH FESTIVAL, we are looking forward to returning to an in-person celebration. The health and safety of participants as our top priority. We acknowledge that, in this unprecedented time, things may change rapidly and we may have to shift plans.
To see previous gF artists, visit https://www.globalfest.org/gfartists/alumni-artists.
Eligible artists must be tour-ready and fit certain criteria to make the most out of their appearance at gF. How do we define global music? We try not to. We let the artists define it for us. Check out our list of past performers, NPR archive and the gF Alumni Spotify Playlist to get a better idea of the diversity of styles.