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

Celebrate the diversity and richness of our community at the 2022 World Arts Festival!

On October 15th from 12PM-5PM, TWDCC offers free public family performances at the Tannery Arts Center. 

The festival will include performances by new and beloved Bay Area artists, including White Hawk Indian Council, Arnaud Loubayi, Dandha da Hora, John & Nancy Lingemann, Antara Asthaayi Dance, Raizes do Brasil Capoeira, Senderos, Elie Mabanza, DJ Monk Earl, Te Hau Nui School of Hula and Tahitian Dance, Ukrainian STEPPE, and more, as well as artisans and vendors selling crafts, wares, and food. 

New for 2022, TWDCC will present Deep Roots Dance Fest: A Reimagining of Dance from the African Diaspora on November 19th at the Cabrillo Crocker, featuring sponsored artists in the Diaspora Performance Project including Vivien Bassouamina, Arnaud Loubayi, Ramon Ramos Alayo, and Shawn Merriman-Roberts, as well as guest Artist-In-Residence Gervais Tomadiatunga, and local icon Dandha Da Hora. This will be an evening of innovative contemporary movement emerging from traditional forms from established artists, including an artist talk back after the performance. 

Deep Roots Dance Fest is a ticketed event. 

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), Ramon Ramos Alayo (Cuba) and Vivien Boussamina (Congo). This program has allowed these artists to expand impact in their artistic and community relationships.
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.
Watsonville Taiko
World Arts Festival 2018
Izumi Sato
World Arts Festival 2018
Corazon En Flor
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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

former executive director

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