Music, in its own right, is one of the most beautiful languages spoken. It has the power to heal, uplift, and transcend cultural barriers. Many international artists will be traveling the US this year to perform at various festivals. Which one will you attend?
Moreover, international music festivals are a great introduction to teach children about different cultures. Children get the opportunity to experience how people from other countries communicate, dress, and eat. Unlike learning about different cultures in school, attending international festivals put theory to practice, so children don’t just read about a culture; they experience it.
Besides traveling the world with me, my children have attended international festivals before they could walk. From that, they have a greater appreciation and knowledge of music and different cultures.
What is even sweeter is that many of these festivals are FREE. Often, cities, universities, and observatories host events that are open to the public. Check your city’s website to see what festivals are being held in your area. If you’re here in Chicago, go here to the City of Chicago‘s site. We have tons of free festivals coming up.
Here is one of my favorite West African artists, Habib Koite, singing, my favorite, Wassiye. So far, no Chicago dates scheduled for his tour. 😦 Enjoy