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19th Annual California WorldFest: July 16-19, 2015
19th Annual California WorldFest: July 16-19, 2015

WHO: The Center for the Arts presents

WHAT: 19th Annual California WorldFest

WHEN: July 16-19, 2015

TICKETS: Tickets and information at 530- 274-8384   (noon-5 Mon-Sat)
        http://worldfest.net/ticketOptions.asp 

WEBPAGE: http://worldfest.net/
    www.thecenterforthearts.org

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Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, near the majestic Yuba River with access to the Victorian era gold rush towns of Nevada City and Grass Valley, California WorldFest's 19 year history at the most beautiful fairgrounds in California is experiencing a re-birth.  The Center for the Arts, a non-profit performing arts organization with a venue located in downtown Grass Valley, acquired WorldFest from Maple Creek Presents owners Dan DeWayne and Christine Meyers.

Featuring 8 stages the four-day California WorldFest – July 16-19 - is a family friendly event that explores the music and culture of our world.  Mainstage performers include a mashup of world music superstars and legends-in-the-making with intimate workshops and side stage performances to see, hear and interact with artists up close.  Camping, children's programs, vocal, dance and instrumental workshops, international foods, crafts, yoga and world music create an event for all ages.

Center Executive Director Julie Baker says, "WorldFest has a reputation for pioneering what a music festival can be--a place to gather, share and discover.  We plan to build on the core elements that have been so successful; while adding an Eco-Tent featuring sustainable technology, late-night DJ dance parties, visual artists participation, activities for teens along with workshops encouraging attendees to participate."

This year's performers include world-class headliners from the US and abroad.  It's a diverse lineup from world/electronica trio Beats Antique to country/bluegrass prodigy EmiSunshine.  Headliners include African music icon King Sunny Ade, Native American Academy award-winning singer/songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie, Afro-Caribbean urban folk septet Las Cafeteras, south-east Asian inspired rockers Dengue Fever, genre-blurring Portland Cello Project, Ukrainian folk music of Dhaka Brakha, and many more.  Selected performers are scheduled to give workshops offering fans a chance to listen and interact close up.

In recent years camping has been at capacity with over 2500 attendees sharing the deep shade under tall pines.  Groups return each year creating elaborate collective campsites, sharing food and jamming (often joined by main stage performers) late into the night.

This year The Center for the Arts, a non-profit performing arts organization, has taken on operations from founders Dan DeWayne and Christine Myers.  DeWayne says,  "Their commitment to the local community, strong board, vast experience in presenting diverse performers, and our shared values of family-first make them the perfect match for continuing WorldFest for years to come."

Center Executive Director Julie Baker adds, "In recent years we've become a financially stable non-profit.  The opportunity to take on WorldFest came at a time when we were looking for a way to expand and further our mission.  WorldFest is exactly what we were looking for - a way to put dollars to work supporting local artists, vendors, artisans and to celebrate our vibrant arts scene."

Summer festivals and WorldFest in particular have a significant effect on the local economy by bringing in music lovers from a broad region.  The Center has collaborated with the Nevada County Economic Resource Council to find ways to increase tourism and awareness.  Baker says, "Just because it says 'non', it  doesn't mean non-profits don't have a significant impact on the economy.  It's exciting for an operation like ours is to take over programming WorldFest.  It's a big switch from annual programming in smaller venues to focusing on one big weekend."

The 2015 California WorldFest is set for Thursday through Sunday, July 16 through 19 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.  For tickets and information visit www.worldfest.net.

Source: Peter Wilson, Peter Wilson World