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The Center For The Arts Presents California WorldFest 2017

Thursday, July 13th, 2017 4:00 PM

21st Annual California WorldFest
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA
July 13-16, 2017

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21st Annual California WorldFest
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA
July 13-16, 2017

Join us for 4 days and 7 stages of music, sun and fun under the cool, tall pine trees of Grass Valley, CA!

Gate Times:
Gate 1: Day Ticket Holders
Thursday: 4:00pm -10:00pm
Friday – Sunday: 9:00am – 10:00pm


Gate 4: Campers
Thursday – Saturday: 8:00am – 11:30pm
Sunday: 8am – 7:30pm

Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a non-profit arts organization, has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary, visual art and family programming managing a 21,000 square foot venue in downtown Grass Valley and presenting over 150 events per year.

Once a summer, in the heart of the Sierra Nevada, near a former gold rush town, there’s a pop-up village that teaches beekeeping and sways to Afropop, where steampunk medicine shows cozy up to Arab Spring arts instigators. Where hiking and farm stands meet Apple researchers practicing street magic.

Drawing on California’s many facets–its wild-eyed dreams, its cultural savvy and technological edge, its down-to-earth rugged legacies–the California WorldFest in Grass Valley, CA shows how a small community can foster a friendly global arts hub within easy striking distance of the Bay Area. “Some people comment that it’s a strange place for a world music festival,” recounts Julie Baker, Executive Director of Grass Valley’s Center for the Arts. “But we’re pioneers and tend to be curious people.”

Held this year on July 13-16, 2017, the festival feeds this curiosity with high-caliber global sounds, both established names (past headliners include Lucinda Williams, Richard Thompson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ani DiFranco, Ziggy Marley, Cake, Michael Franti, Los Lobos) and startling discoveries (past artists: Dakhabrakha, Beats Antique, Yemen Blues). This vivid diversity rocks multiple stages (8 stages of music for 3 days and 4 nights, to be exact) and has built a community of diehard fans: WorldFest regulars often buy tickets and reserve campsites at the woodsy Nevada County Fairgrounds site before the festival’s first act is announced.

Yet the festival also creates a space that manages to be exploratory and challenging, as well as welcoming and friendly. “We’ve struck a balance between family-friendly elements and activities, and opportunities for festival-goers to encounter something new, something that shakes their assumptions and makes them think,” Baker says. “We want people to hear something new, to learn something new, and to go away with a deeper understanding and connection to the world.”



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