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.

Upcoming Events

WMI PLUS At Home – Dobet Gnahoré with Jacob Edgar

Thursday, June 24 – 6PM EDT

WMI Virtual Fundraiser – A Celebration of Music and Dance

Wednesday, June 30 – 7PM EDT

WMI Presents Zakir Hussain and Ganesh Rajagopalan

Streaming On Demand Now 

Dancing the Gods – Rama Vaidyanathan | Jin Won

Streaming On Demand Now until June 13

Dancing the Gods –  Surupa Sen | Sonali Skandan

Streaming On Demand Now until June 13

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