Global Roots About

The Cedar’s mission is to promote inter-cultural appreciation and understanding through the presentation of global music and dance. Our Global Roots program is directly tied to that mission, and every year, we bring more than 50 global acts to our stage. In any given month, you’ll find artists from around the world here at The Cedar.

Our annual Global Roots Festival is a celebration of The Cedar’s world music roots. Each year, it reaches 3,000 audience members with performances, educational programs, and workshops featuring established and emerging international musicians. The only world music festival in the state, the festival attracts audiences of all ages and backgrounds from all over the region, presenting unique and innovative artistic voices from diverse cultures. Our daytime educational programs for K-12 students combine performance elements with discussion, Q&A, and instrument demonstrations that provide context and a deeper understanding of the artists’ work and culture and foster a lifelong appreciation for the arts. Since 2011, all festival events have been entirely free.