The World Festival of Sacred Music-Los Angeles a citywide festival that takes place in Los Angeles once every three years. A sixteen-day celebration of the rich sacred music and movement traditions of the people of Los Angeles, with events produced in diverse venues ranging from the city's major stages to intimate places of worship. The Festival was initiated by the Dalai Lama in 1999 as part of an unprecedented celebration of the human spirit. The Festival is a largely volunteer and grassroots effort based on the intention to utilize the arts festival model to build genuine community cooperation and understanding. Building on the success of the "Americas" festival in 1999 the Los Angeles organizing partners — the UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance, the EarthWays Foundation and the Foundation for World Arts — committed to the creation of a new festival in 2002 and every three years thereafter. In 1999, 2002, 2005, and 2011.
The Aratani World Series is a project of the World Festival of Sacred Music-LA (Foundation of World Arts) in partnership with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center.] The Aratani World Series is a trailblazing new annual series in Los Angeles featuring world-class artists meeting at the global crossroads of music and dance.
The World Sacred Music Festival in Olympia, Washington, USA began in 2005, inspired by the Fez Festival and other sacred music festivals. Sponsored by the non-profit organization Interfaith Works, the World Sacred Music Festival features regional and international artists from a wide variety of ethnicities and spiritual traditions. In 2005 it was a two-day festival and from 2006-2009 it was a single-day festival. In 2010 the festival began presenting quarterly sacred music events.
- Official website
- Photos of the 2007 edition, by photojournalist Fabien Maisonneuve
- World Sacred Music Festival of Olympia, Washington, a related site
- World Festival of Sacred Music Los Angeles
- (in French) Festival des Musiques Sacrées du Monde on WikiMusique
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