an image of the group Qwanqwa with 5 members

Spurlock Museum WorldFest: Qwanqwa

  • Event Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021
  • Time: 8:00 am (CDT)
  • Location: Online
  • Cost: Free

The Spurlock Museum’s 15th annual WorldFest, a celebration of the variety of performance arts practiced around the world, will be held virtually with the release of 3 performance videos on the Museum’s Facebook page (external link). The videos will be released at 8:00 am on June 16, 23, and 30. Each of the videos will remain below, on the Spurlock Museum’s Facebook page (external link), and on the Spurlock Museum's YouTube channel (external link) for viewing at later date after being released.
The Spurlock Museum’s 15th annual WorldFest, a celebration of the variety of performance arts practiced around the world, is being held virtually with the release of 3 performance videos. The June 23 video for Qwanqwa can be accessed below, on the Spurlock Museum’s Facebook page (external link), and the Spurlock Museum's YouTube channel (external link).

The June 23 video features the group Qwanqwa, in which the members perform songs and dances from Ethiopia. The style of singing in this video is Azmari. Azmaris are an ethnic subgroup of the northern Ethiopian Amhara people, known to be the keepers of musical traditions, similar to Griots or Troubadours. The word Qwanqwa means "language" in Amharic, and by choosing this name the group is bringing to life the concept of music as a universal language.

Qwanqwa performance, WorldFest 2021 Video

The Spurlock Museum acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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Please note that this program does NOT take place at the Spurlock Museum.
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Contact

For further information on this event, contact Katya Reno at (217) 244-8483 or

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at (217) 244-5586 or cudiamat@illinois.edu (email link).