2021 BU Global Music Festival

September 18, 2021

The BU Global Music Festival is back! Join us LIVE for an all-day outdoor festival on Saturday, September 18. Enjoy extraordinary international music, educational events and a global bazaar at Boston University – all free and open to the public. Be sure to join our mailing list for updates about the 2021 festival including artist line-up, safety protocols, and ticket reservations.

While the festival is outside and masks are not required, we do ask that everyone bring a mask. Available restrooms are inside BU buildings and masks are required by the university indoors. We also strongly encourage all visitors to campus to be vaccinated. Any participant with symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 should not engage in group activities and seek medical advice.

Listen to our GMF Playlist on Spotify!


12:00-12:45 PM.       Marsh Chapel.         Workshop – Combo Chimbita

1:00-2:00 PM.          Ground.                     Eastern Medicine Singers

1:45-2:30 PM.           Marsh Plaza.            Workshop – Riyaaz Qawwali

2:00-2:30 PM.          Marsh Plaza.            Veronica Robles Mariachi Quartet

2:30-3:30 PM.          BU Beach                  Combo Chimbita

3:30-4:00 PM.          Marsh Plaza.            Gund Kwok

4:00-5:00 PM.          BU Beach.                Zili Misik

5:00-5:30 PM.          BU Beach.                 La Pelanga

5:30-6:30 PM.          BU Beach                  Riyaaz Qawwali

6:30-7:00 PM.          BU Beach                  La Pelanga

7:00-8:00 PM.          BU Beach                 Alsarah & the Nubatones

8:00-9:00 PM.          BU Beach                 La Pelanga

Register to Attend

Why register? We collect basic attendance and demographic information to report to the university and our external funders. Registering and checking in when you arrive helps us provide accurate information. Walk up registration is available!

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2021 BU Global Music Festival Funders and Sponsors

The festival is produced by the BU Arts Initiative – Office of the Provost and the Department of Musicology & Ethnomusicology in the College of Fine Arts School of Music, with additional support from Boston University College of Fine Arts, Boston University Dean of Students Office, College of Arts and Sciences World Languages & Literatures Program, and BU Global House

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

A very special thanks to our generous individual donors.

 This festival is handicap accessible. 


2019 – The BU Global Music Festival was ranked #5 in the Top 10 World/Global Music Festivals in the 2019 Festival Awards by Transglobal World Music Chart.

2018  – The BU Global Music Festival was ranked 3rd Best Newcomer Festival and 3rd Best Small/Medium Festival Award in the 2018 Festival Awards by Transglobal World Music Chart.

For information about past festivals, please visit our archive websites:
2020 Global Music Month | 2019 Festival | 2018 Festival