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Welcome to World Music Institute

Founded in 1985 as a not-for-profit, World Music Institute (WMI) has served as one of the leading presenters of world music and dance within the United States. WMI is committed to presenting the best in traditional and contemporary music and dance from around the world to enrich lives through the arts, promote awareness and appreciation of the world’s rich cultural traditions, and encourage cross-cultural dialogue and exchange. WMI presents virtually and at venues throughout the city of New York and depends on public and private funding to accomplish its mission.

For Group, Student, and Senior discounts, please contact us at 212-545-7536 Ext. 1 or at

Upcoming Events

Signal Awards

VOTE – WMI Folktales Podcast

Limited Series & Specials – Kids

Bombino with dj.henri

Brooklyn Bowl

Thur, Sep 21 – 8 PM

Anoushka Shankar

Pioneer Works

Sat, Oct 7 – 8 PM

Riyaaz Qawwali and The Harlem Gospel Travelers

Symphony Space

Fri, Oct 13 – 8 PM

Brazilian Salon

Private Residence

Monday, Oct 16 – 6:30 PM


Brooklyn Bowl

Thur, Oct 26 – 8 PM



The Good Ones

Fotografiska Museum

Sun, Nov 5 – 7 PM

El Khat

National Sawdust

Sat, Nov 18 – 8 PM

Mexico Now Festival

(le) poisson rouge

Tues, Nov 21 – 7 PM

Yasser Tejeda and DJ Sabine Blazin (Oyosound)

Harlem Stage

Fri, Dec 1 – 9 PM

Mehrnam Rastegari


Wed, Jan 24 – 8 PM

Yemen Blues

House of Yes

Thur, Dec 7 – 8:30 PM

Justin Adams and Mauro Durante

(le) poisson rouge

Thurs, Feb 15 – 8 PM

Flamenco Festival New York: Tomatito

The Town Hall

Fri, Mar 1 – 8 PM

Red Baraat – Festival of Colors

Brooklyn Bowl

Sat, Mar 9 – 8 PM

Flamenco Festival New York – Israel Fernández and Diego del Morao

Kaufman Music Center

Thur, Mar 14 – 8 PM

Flamenco Festival New York – Maria José Llergo

(le) poisson rouge

Sat, Mar 16 – 8 PM

Derek Gripper and Ballaké Sissoko

Corpus Christi Church

Sun, Mar 24 – 4 PM