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September 8-24, 2017 • City-wide • Various Locations • FREE Admission

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The 19th Annual World Music Festival Chicago will take place September 8-24, 2017 and is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival has attracted over 650,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 650 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999.




Complete Schedule (Vox Sambou pictured)

Complete Schedule

This year's performers include Underground System, Dr. Lakshminarayana Subramaniam, Mahesh Krishnamurthy, Duo Scofano-Minetti, Salif Keita, Vox Sambou (pictured) and more.

Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music + Dance (Roopa Panesar pictured)

Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music + Dance

Featuring dozens of performers, Ragamala offers a jaw-dropping assortment of Indian classical music from some of its greatest and emerging practitioners.

Highlights (Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo pictured)


Highlights of the 2017 festival include headliners Salif Keita, the all night Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music.

Performer Bios (Dr. Lakshminarayana Subramaniam pictured)

Performer Bios

Read about the diverse lineup of performers appearing at the 2017 World Music Festival Chicago.


World Music Festival Chicago 2017 Program Book

Program Book

Download the 2017 program book.


Ragamala Program Book

Ragamala Program Book

Download the 2017 Ragamala program book.


Bharat Symphony Program Book

Bharat Symphony Program Book

Download the 2017 Bharat Symphony program book.


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Chicago Cultural Center

Various Locations, including: 

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.

Chicago, IL 60602


Millennium Park

Millennium Park
Near Michigan Ave. & Washington St.

201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601