World Arts Festival

An annual celebration of cultural dance
presented by
Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center

Watsonville Taiko
World Arts Festival 2018
Izumi Sato
World Arts Festival 2018
Corazon En Flor

Over the past 8 years, TWDCC’s  Santa Cruz World Arts Festival (SCWAF) has celebrated culturally rich music and dance from around the world with free performances, family focused programming, and  the bringing together of many communities through the dance arts. We remain committed to this work and dedicated to always insuring the artists in our community are supported and thrive. To continue the SCWAF  we believe that making this a bi-annual festival will allow us to have a more robust and well supported and funded event. We thank everyone for your support and passion for this event and believe we all share the desire to keep culturally rich and inclusive programming in the heart of our community.”

In Community,

Cat Willis

executive director

Santa Cruz World Arts Festival Umbrella:

Supporting Cultural Artists in Our Community

Through our underwritten program by the Hohenberg Foundation and generous donors in our community, the Diaspora Performance Project has been supporting and developing a strong foundation for five artists selected for two years of support; Shawn Merriman Roberts (Haiti), Mandjou Kone (Mali), Loubayi Arnaud (Congo), Oumou Faye (Senegal), and Vivien Boussamina (Congo). This program has allowed these artists to expand impact in their artistic and community relationships and will continue through Fall of 2020, for another culminating performance of their work at the Tannery Arts Center’s Colligan Theater.
Click on the link below to find out more about our current WAF programming that further supports cultural artists in our community throughout the year.
The Tannery World Dance + Cultural Center thanks our sponsors, partners and donors that have helped make this festival possible, including the Tannery Arts Center, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, KAZU, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Community Printers, City of Santa Cruz Economic Commision, Goodtimes, Bay Federal Credit Union, and Artist on Art.
 The Tannery World Dance + Cultural Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is committed to equity, access and excellence in dance education and performance. Through our classes, scholarships, festivals and community events, TWDCC links artists, audiences and communities throughout Santa Cruz and the greater Bay Area.
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