International Festival 2018 returns to Overture Center this Saturday, Feb. 24., 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 is a free, family-friendly event that has been hosted by Overture Center for more than 30 years. It celebrates the rich cultural heritage within our community and throughout Dane County. Community members will be able to enjoy more than 30 free performances throughout Overture by artists who call Dane County home. Indulge in cuisines from around the world and browse arts and crafts available for purchase and learn about the many local businesses with global connections.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the South African a cappella group formed by Joseph Shabalala during the 1960’s, will perform at the Overture Center later that night. The group is a recent winner of the Grammy for Best World Music Album 2017. They rose to worldwide prominence as a result of singing with Paul Simon on his 1986 album Graceland, and have won multiple awards, including five Grammy Awards.

For over 50 years, 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.

International Festival is supported by Madison Community Foundation, CUNA Mutual Foundation, Friends of Overture, Ho-Chunk Gaming, and Dane Arts. International Fest is free. Ladysmith Black Mambazo tickets are $25. Tickets are available at the Overture Center box office (201 State Street), by visiting or by calling 608.258.4141.

Written by Madison365 staff