35 Years of Music and Dance

Presenting the Best in Music and Dance from Around the World

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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 dialog 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.

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Upcoming Events

Blind Boy Paxton

WMI Presents Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton

Friday, May 7, 2021 – 7PM EDT


WMI PLUS At Home with Simon Shaheen and Wanees Zarour

Thursday, May 13 6PM EDT

Dancing the Gods – Program One Rama Vaidyanathan 

Saturday, May 22 – 7PM EDT

Dancing the Gods – Program Two  Surupa Sen 

Sunday, May 23 – 7PM EDT


WMI PLUS At Home – Las Cafeteras with Juan Dies

Thursday, May 27, 2021 – 6PM EDT


WMI Presents Boubacar Traoré in His First Virtual Concert

Friday, May 28 – 7PM EDT

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