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Three puppeteers move a puppet on a small stage with a yellow light above them
Yogyakarta
Available September-October 2025
Compelling, bold, and aware, Indonesia’s Papermoon Puppet Theatre has transformed puppetry the way graphic novels changed comics. How do we experience...
Four men with different instruments pose in front of a building
Peshawar
Available June-August 2025
Transfixing, hyper-folk jams with rich and deep Pushtoon roots With its propulsive, furious sound, Khumariyaan, "The Intoxicators," has reawakened the...
Mohamed Abozekry & Karkadé
Cairo
Available September or December 2025
Limitless virtuosity with an unbridled imagination: this oud master musically interprets the boundless world around him. Oud master and musical...
Two women performing on stage
Lviv
Available September-November 2025
Reaffirmation in a time of violence and resistance: Kurbasy’s urgent, time bending Songs of the Ukrainian Forest The idea of culture as a cosmic...
Past Seasons
Very Live
Karachi
Season 1: 2012
Danish Ali, a doe-eyed MD turned punster, and improv comedy frontrunner and viral sensation Ali Gul Pir will tell you: There's no lack of material for...
arabesque
Ho Chi Minh City
Season 2: 2014
Sweeping contemporary dance reveals the cycles of Vietnamese life Realism merges with symbolic movement when seven dancers conjure agrarian cycles and...
Mohamed Abozekry & Karkadé
Cairo
Season 8: 2025
Season 4: 2018
Limitless virtuosity with an unbridled imagination: this oud master musically interprets the boundless world around him. Oud master and musical...
A group of people, all wearing white, sitting around someone holding a small puppet
Pasay City
Season 7: 2023
Tanghalang Pilipino shares Filipino art and culture and its place within the global theater community through original works, revivals, and devised works that engage current issues that matter to their country.
Four women sitting on stairs holding a range of instruments
Addis Ababa
Season 7: 2023
Ethiopia’s first and only all-woman classical quartet comes to the U.S. to deepen their creative practice and make professional connections as part of Center Stage’s new Artists in Residence program.
Coke Studio Season 4 Episode 3 Sanam Marvi
Hyderabad
Season 3: 2016-2017
Vocal warrior Sanam Marvi is the next, great diviner of South Asia's humanist, folk, and Sufi texts With compelling interpretations that draw deeply...
Youssra El Hawary portrait by David Degner
Cairo
Season 4: 2018
A Musical bellwether of everyday life, capturing the stories of Cairo and the charged alchemy of the Mediterranean basin. Youssra El Hawary’s socially...
Band performing on stage
Bogotá
Season 5: 2022
A 7-piece band rooted in the iconic marimba de chonta and steeped in the Pacific coast’s Afro-Colombian culture, identity, and history.
Ifrikya Spirit
Algiers
Season 3: 2016-2017
Tranced-out diwan sounds from Algiers, gathered under a big musical tent. In Algeria, cultures of city dwellers and Arabic speakers, Amazigh villagers...
Two musicians performing on stage with traditional instruments
Addis Ababa
Season 7: 2023
Founded in 2009 by the charismatic Melaku Belay, who has made his Fendika Cultural Center in Addis Ababa a global gathering place, Ethiocolor draws deeply from the bardic well of Ethiopia’s diverse heritage.
Two people standing back to back, wearing traditional Filipino clothing
Lake Sebu
Season 7: 2023
Art is life, art is alive. Helobung (“endless joy”) is a wellspring and tradition bearer dedicated to cultural stewardship and creativity through generational transfer of indigenous knowledge and practices.
A man next to a woman who is standing on one leg and leaning on another man in a wheelchair
Pingtung County
Season 6: 2022-2023
In “Ice Age” Resident Island Dance Theatre challenges external forces and shows us the potential of a physically, mentally, and emotionally integrated world.
Two women performing on stage
Lviv
Season 8: 2025
Season 4: 2018
Reaffirmation in a time of violence and resistance: Kurbasy’s urgent, time bending Songs of the Ukrainian Forest The idea of culture as a cosmic...
Noori
Lahore
Season 1: 2012
Led by charismatic brothers, Ali Hamza and Ali Noor, along with powerhouse drummer and producer Louis "Gumby" Pinto, noori's first Urdu-language album...
Tri Minh's Quartet
Hanoi
Season 2: 2014
Avant sounds of electronica, acoustic instruments, and Vietnamese motifs Sophisticated, versatile and lithe, Tri Minh’s Quartet binds electronica...
A black woman poses for the camera wearing brightly colored clothes.
Johannesburg
Season 7: 2023
With a voice rich in emotional vulnerability, and nimble power, Nomfusi conquers every stage and every heart.
Two women in black, one with dark hair and one with red hair, shake their heads in motion in front of a green landscape.
Buenos Aires
Season 6: 2022-2023
The harmony-soaked vocals and electro-folk charisma of the Trucco sisters propels a new project by this acclaimed female powered band and carries messages of equality and empowerment.
Seven people standing together with various instruments in front of a large white cliff
Arequipa
Season 5: 2022
In artful acoustic performances, Lundú’s originals and arrangements of folk standards respond to their environment, complex Afro-Peruvian and Andean roots, and their historic hometown, Arequipa.
Arieb Azhar
Islamabad
Season 1: 2012
Sharp eloquence, humanist politics, and mystic poetries are given a global voice by Arieb Azhar and his band from Islamabad, Pakistan. Defying an easy...
Five men standing with one woman crouched in front, all looking at the camera surrounded by candles
Lima
Season 5: 2022
At play in a Psychedelic Cumbia Sandbox, Hit La Rosa Channels a Fantastic Reflection of Perú’s Full Cultural Spectrum.
Zeb & Haniya
Lahore
Season 1: 2012
Cousins, lifelong friends and longtime musical collaborators, Zeb and Haniya bring a highly listenable, global sensibility to earthy originals and...
Four men with different instruments pose in front of a building
Peshawar
Season 8: 2025
Season 2: 2014
Transfixing, hyper-folk jams with rich and deep Pushtoon roots With its propulsive, furious sound, Khumariyaan, "The Intoxicators," has reawakened the...
Dina Elwedidi 2 Daf photo James Duncan Davidson
Giza
Season 4: 2018
A sophisticated and compelling musical innovator of Egyptian heritage and contemporary identity. Dina El Wedidi channels the heritage and contemporary...
Woman holding an accordion in front of green foliage
Bogotá
Season 5: 2022
Charismatic and Incandescent, a 21st century troubadour charts an original path and adds to Colombia’s vallenato legacy.
Six people standing together with one man sitting in front
Yerevan
Season 6: 2022-2023
A septet of masterful vocalists and instrumentalists gives renewed voice to Armenia’s spiritual lineage in bracing, emotional, and propulsive work rising on the classical scene.
Jagwa Music 3, Credit Werner Graebner
Dar es Salaam
Season 3: 2016-2017
From the streets of Dar es Salaam, Jagwa Music brings the noise Speed, heat, and swagger. Tanzania's 7-piece Jagwa Music bangs out a hard-won...
ribab
Agadir
Season 2: 2014
A big dose of Amazigh funk, powered by a single (ribab) string A feverishly funky sign of a new era, Ribab Fusion celebrates Morocco’s Amazigh (Berber...
Fleur d'Orange
Casablanca
Season 2: 2014
Captivating movement traces layers of gender, culture, history, and ancestry Riveting solo movement by choreographer-dancer Hind Benali accompanied by...
Woman standing in front of a brick wall, with an image of a man projected onto it
Lima
Season 5: 2022
A Peruvian documentary maker starts researching corruption in her country but ends up directly involved in the story.
On stage Saada Nassor
Zanzibar
Season 3: 2016-2017
A renewed taarab reinvigorates Zanzibar's syncretic signature sound Taarab music has defined Zanzibar's aural landscape for over a century, renowned...
ISTIJMAM (Actors photo)
Oran
Season 3: 2016-2017
Gritty, intimate theater confronts the destiny of today's Algeria. Istijmam, a collaborative of theater makers, moves outward from the manifestos of...
Three puppeteers move a puppet on a small stage with a yellow light above them
Yogyakarta
Season 8: 2025
Season 1: 2012
Compelling, bold, and aware, Indonesia’s Papermoon Puppet Theatre has transformed puppetry the way graphic novels changed comics. How do we experience...
Seven people -- four standing, while three crouch down in front -- pose in front of a graffitied wall
La Plata
Season 6: 2022-2023
With swooping hooks and party grooves the cumbia-grounded sound of this identity-inclusive LGBTQIA+ band buoyantly challenges societal norms, celebrates difference, and reclaims the love song for all.
Three musicians on a stage playing instruments, illuminated by red light
Yerevan
Season 6: 2022-2023
Opening idiomatic portals, MVF Band harnesses Yerevan’s jazz and contemporary scenes to reimagine Armenia’s Age-old sounds.
TseSho, A.Mantach
Kyiv
Season 4: 2018
A rambunctious super-charged puppet cabaret from Kyiv Trolls prowl and conflicts rage in online propaganda. External actors force themselves across...
Two men facing each other in profile, each holding a drum stick
Taipei
Season 6: 2022-2023
Hearing Double: Twincussion’s Dynamic, Classically Infused Percussion Spans East and West.
A woman stands in front of four other men, posing in front of a large rainbow like structure
Soweto
Season 7: 2023
Music for the people, by the people, with the people. Rebellious, spiritual, and exhilarating, BCUC’s live shows are transcendent rites of explosive sound.
SoK FB photo 1 full band red Ahsan center
Karachi
Season 3: 2016-2017
10-piece super group creates a sonic highway from Ragas to the Blues Like an Indian Ocean blast from the seaport megacity it calls home, Sounds of...
Poor Rich Boy
Lahore
Season 2: 2014
Discreetly subversive indie rock exposes the inner life of urban pakistan Poor Rich Boy, Pakistan’s underground indie-art rock phenomenon, conjures...
Two dancers reach outwards towards a white light
O'Kiep
Season 7: 2023
Krummelpap is a dance-theater piece created and performed by Garage Dance Ensemble, which makes its home in a former mining area in the Namaqualand region of South Africa, not far from the border with Namibia.
Democratoz FB in perf photo w flag
Oran
Season 3: 2016-2017
Hard grooving reggae, rai & rock from cosmopolitan Oran Democratoz lays down hard-grooving reggae, rai & rock with all the ecstasy and defiance of...
TI-COCA & WANGA-NÈGÈS
Port-au-Prince
Season 1: 2012
Masters of Haiti's twoubadou (troubadour) tradition, Ti-Coca and his band, Wanga-Nègès perform with a straightforward and utterly committed joy. The...
hoba square
Casablanca
Season 2: 2014
Crowd-wowing, thought-provoking Morocc'n Roll fresh from the Maghreb This “sharp, vibrant, and very nearly universal” band (Washington Post) is...
JRD photo by Frédéric Thaly
Pétion-Ville
Season 1: 2012
This company of high-powered dancers and drummers, led by choreographer Jean-René Delsoin, cultivate a nuanced, sophisticated view of Haitian culture...
Nan Jombang Dance Company. Image  Fiona Cullen 0068
Padang
Season 1: 2012
Hailing from the island of Sumatra, apart from Indonesia's dominant cultures, Nan Jombang is a family of artists whose work describes a compelling mix...
BelO by Frederic Dupoux
Pétion-Ville
Season 1: 2012
BélO has been hailed as Haiti's musical ambassador to the world. An outspoken groove innovator, he interweaves the Afro-Caribbean depths of Haitian...
Jogja Hip Hop Foundation
Yogyakarta
Season 1: 2012
If there was still any doubt that hip hop is truly a global culture, look no further than Indonesia's Hip Hop Foundation (JHF). Recognized as one...