Collage of the various performers participating


Join the Spurlock Museum in the celebration of its 14th annual WorldFest event. Enjoy performances from around the world in one afternoon... plus crafts for all ages! The afternoon features a variety of international music and storytelling. This family-friendly event is free and sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council.


This year’s WorldFest highlights the following performers:

  • Murilo Mendes, a performer of the pífano, a Brazilian flute, and an expert in forró, a Brazilian genre from its northeastern region.
  • Ensemble Adilei, specializing in traditional polyphonic songs and chants of the Eurasian nation of Georgia.
  • Minu Pasupathi, leading an ensemble performing classical and light classical South Indian Carnatic Music.
  • Mike Speller, a teller of stories from around the world.

All images are courtesy of the artists.

Program Schedule

  • Music of India
    • Time: 12:30 pm–1:10 pm and 2:30 pm–3:10 pm
    • Location: Knight Auditorium
  • Music of the Eurasian Country of Georgia
    • Time: 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
    • Location: Knight Auditorium
  • Music of Brazil
    • Time: 1:30 pm–1:55 pm and 3:00 pm–3:25 pm
    • Location: Ancient Mediterranean Gallery
  • Stories from around the World
    • Time: 1:10 pm–1:25 pm, 2:00 pm–2:25 pm, and 3:30 pm–3:55 pm
    • Location: African Gallery
  • Crafts for All Ages
    • Time: 12:30 pm–4:00 pm
    • Location: American Indian Gallery

Download WorldFest Performances and Activities (PDF)

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For further information on this event, contact Beth Watkins at or (217) 265-5485

All participants are welcome. To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at or (217) 244-5586.