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World Music Day Celebrates 10 Years in Palo Alto

World Music Day Celebrates 10 Years in Palo Alto

World Music Day will celebrate its tenth anniversary in downtown Palo Alto, turning University Avenue into an international music festival. The event always takes place on Father’s Day, which falls on Sunday, June 17 this year and goes from 3-7:30 p.m.

At least 50 professional and amateur musical groups will perform a wide variety of musical genres: jazz, blues, pop, rock, classical, world music, choral, folkloric dance and more for the community. Among the performers are Peninsula Harmony Chorus, World Harmony Chorus, Celtic Harmony Band, Da! Mozhem, Wind in the Strings, Los Panderos, Singing Wood Marimba, Blues Kazoo, Dirty Cello, M'EarthTones, Jazzabor Orchestra, Inner Light Choir, Heather Houston, and Doc Roc and the Disorderlies.   

World Music Day takes place in cities around the world every year close to the Summer Solstice. It was first brought to Palo Alto in 2009 thanks to an initiative from former Human Relations Commissioner, Claude Ezran. The first World Music Day began in France in 1982 and has since grown to include more than 700 cities in 120 countries.

"We are delighted that World Music Day is marking a milestone 10 years here in Palo Alto. It’s a great community event celebrating diverse musical talent, that also happens to be a great way for families to celebrate Father’s Day," said Mayor Liz Kniss.

The free event is organized by the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation and sponsored by the City of Palo Alto, Stanford Federal Credit Union, the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Online, the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association, LiveSV, and News for Chinese.

Street closures will be in effect from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on University Avenue between Webster Street and High Street.  

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Last Updated: May 18, 2018