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Week Five: Red Oak, IA

The fifth and final week of World Fest brought Çudamani to Red Oak, IA. The majority of our workshops and demonstrations took place inside the Wilson Performing Arts Center which was a delightful way to end the tour. Thanks to Karen Sherman for the generous hospitality throughout our stay. It …

Week Four: Charleston, Illinois

The fourth week of World Fest brought Çudamani to Charleston, Illinois. The group was pleased to see the first signs of spring with the sunny weather, tall grasses, and tree buds. Throughout the week, we traveled through surrounding towns in Coles and Clark Counties and even north to Champaign/Urbana. Thanks …

Week Three: Saugatuck, Michigan

The third week of World Fest brought Çudamani to Saugatuck, Michigan. Throughout the week, the group visited schools in Saugatuck as well as neighboring communities of Glenn, Zeeland, Holland, and Douglas. Special thanks to the Indiana Arts Commission for the invitation to perform at the University of Notre Dame in …

Wabash, Indiana: Small Town, Big Hearts

The second week of World Fest brought us to Wabash, Indiana. Throughout the week, we visited schools across Wabash and Blackford counties, participated in the city’s annual Foundation for Art and Music Education (FAME) Festival, and performed at the historic Honeywell Center. The girls perform “Gabor,” a traditional Balinese welcome …

World Fest Resumes in Elyria, Ohio

Arts Midwest World Fest presents international musical ensembles in intensive week-long residencies in smaller Midwest communities. Its purpose is to foster an understanding of and appreciation for global uniqueness and differences. We are grateful to Arts Midwest and its Senior Program Director Ken Carlson for giving us the opportunity to participate …

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Wausau Was Awesome

The fourth week of Çudamani’s World Fest tour brought us to Wausau, Wisconsin. As we drove through the gorgeous country of Minnesota, it struck us that Wausau would be the final stop of this tour, and our visit to the Midwest would soon be over. Upon our arrival, Barbara Klofstad, …

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The Land of 10,000 Lakes

The third week of Çudamani’s Arts Midwest World Fest tour brought us to the city of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Coming from a country of 17,000 islands, it is no surprise that Çudamani felt right at home in “The Land of 10,000 Lakes.” While the nearby lake provided us with daily …

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A Festive Time in Devils Lake

The second week of Çudamani’s Arts Midwest World Fest tour brought us to Devils Lake, North Dakota. On route to Devils Lake, we stopped off in the small town of Leeds, ND to perform a workshop for an eager group of K-12 students. As I walked through the door, I …

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World Fest Begins in Hill City

Çudamani spent their first few days in Hill City, SD, resting from the long travel and rehearsing. They also met many friendly residents, explored the beauty of the Black Hills area, and went fishing in the winding Castle Creek. The group began its tour with workshops in the Hill City schools, …