International Festival Features Local Artists, Vendors and an Evening Concert with Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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Madison, Wis. – International Festival, an annual free, day-long festival that celebrates the cultural heritage in the community, returns to Overture Center for 2018 on Saturday, Feb. 24., from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in conjunction with an 8 p.m. performance by South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

International Festival | Saturday, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Overture Center | FREE

Celebrate the rich cultural heritage in the community and enjoy more than 30 free performances throughout Overture by artists who call Dane County home. Indulge in cuisines from around the world ($5-$10), browse stunning arts and crafts available for purchase and learn about the many local businesses with global connections. See attachment for full schedule and list of vendors. For the first time this year, select performances will be livestreamed to Overture’s Facebook page from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. This will provide an opportunity for those unable to attend to see some of the performers and learn more about International Festival.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo | Saturday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m. | Overture Hall | $25+ | PHOTOS

Recent winner of the GRAMMY® for Best World Music Album 2017! For over 50 years, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. With a deep respect for both their cultural and personal history, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is ever-evolving with an eye toward their long musical legacy. Tickets are available at the Overture Center box office (201 State Street), by visiting or by calling 608.258.4141. Group orders of ten or more may be eligible for a discount and can be placed by calling 608.258.4159.

The public onsale for On Your Feet: The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical also begins on Saturday., Feb. 24 at 9 a.m. in person and 10 a.m. by phone/online.

International Festival is supported by Madison Community Foundation, CUNA Mutual Foundation, Friends of Overture, Ho-Chunk Gaming, and Dane Arts with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, the Evjue Foundation Inc., the charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation. Ladysmith Black Mambazo is sponsored by Wisconsin Public Radio.

Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wis., features seven state-of-the-art performance spaces and five galleries where national and international touring artists, ten resident companies and hundreds of local artists engage people in nearly 700,000 educational and artistic experiences each year.

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