2023 BU Global Music Festival
Saturday, September 16th

RAIN LOCATION: Tsai Performance Center – 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

Get ready to experience an electrifying day of non-stop fun! Join us LIVE for an unforgettable all-day outdoor festival on Saturday, September 16th, at Tsai Performance Center. Immerse yourself in the rhythms of extraordinary international music and explore a vibrant global bazaar, all right here at Boston University. Best part? It’s completely FREE and open to everyone! Don’t miss out – mark your calendar and be part of the excitement. Make sure you’re in the loop by joining our mailing list for all the juicy updates about the 2023 festival: from the mind-blowing artist line-up and top-notch safety protocols to snagging your exclusive ticket reservations. And don’t worry about nature’s call – we’ve got you covered with restrooms conveniently located inside BU buildings. See you there!

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2023 Festival Info

2023 Full Bios of  Artists – Here

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2023 Festival Schedule

All Day: DJ Adam Gibbons     

1 – 1:50pm Mehrnam Rastegari                                                                  

2:00 – 2:45 pm Madalisto Band Workshop                                    

 2:30pm – 3:20pm Fantcha     

 3:15 – 4:00 pm Mehrnam Rastegari Workshop                                                    

 4 – 4:50pm Madalitso                            

 4:45 – 5:30 pm Big Chief Juan Pardo’s Tribal Gold Workshop

 5:30 – 6:20pm San Salvador                                                                                                                                

7 – 7:50PM Big Chief Juan Pardo’s Tribal Gold                                                                

8:30 – 9:20PM  Balaklava Blues         


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2023 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, The Jewish Cultural Endowment at BU, African Studies Center, BU Pardee School of Global Studies, 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.



Special Thanks to our Media Sponsors/Partners



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:
2021 Festival | 2020 Global Music Month | 2019 Festival | 2018 Festival