Kultrun World Music Festival 2023

May 12, 2023

Neruda Arts' signature event is returning to St. Jacobs!  Kultrún is a diverse, exciting outdoor festival with something for the entire family and…but for the opening night festivities – it's free! Bring a chair, and the family, and experience music from around the world, across the country and from our own backyard. The festival offers, inter-active workshops for children and adults alike, from drumming circles, to theatre to dance, as well as international venders with their arts and crafts and delicious fares.  There will be two stages – the Main Stage at the baseball diamond in St. Jacobs, and the second stage, our own Peace Stage, will be a stone's throw away along the river.

JULY 9th - Pre-Festival Symposium: Elevating Women in the Arts

We are inviting women to join us in the Neruda Arts Studio on Sunday July 9th at 2pm to discuss the challenges for women in the arts. We've invited a panel of five women who all have unique struggles to survive in the arts. The panel consists of; Luta Cruz (Afro Chilean bearded singer/songwriter), Maru Coronado a singer, songwriter, actor, immigrant, mother and activist originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, now residing in Chile, Cathy Goudie, learning to heal through the creative process), Charlena Russell, a teacher, multi-instrumentalist, Afro-Indigenous settler and Hiyam Mahrat, a young Muslim woman finding her voice in theatre. Join us in this important conversation.

THURSDAY JULY 13TH – Feel the Music with Maru Coronado (Mexico and Wuta)

Feel the music is a concert designed for the deaf and hard of hearing. We have these amazing vibrotactile chairs that translate sound into vibration – each instrument producing a different vibration. This will be held at our studio in St. Jacobs, and is specifically for the deaf and hard of hearing, and their families. The chairs will be available during the festival for everyone to experience.

OPENING NIGHT CONCERT (ticketed event) at the Main Stage

Featuring the sounds of Conexion Latina (Local), the amazing Luta Gruz (Afro-Chile) and Batucada (National).


Joel Maripel (Mapuche Nation)

Banakonda Kennedy (First Nations)

Chola y Gitano (Chile)

Pura Heil Soul (Paraguay/Guarani)

Bongo Hojo (Colombia)

Light of the East (Canada)

Valerie Ekoume (Cameroon)

Laura Niquay (First Nations – Atikamekw)

SATURDAY JULY 15TH – The Peace Stage

Your Voice – Maru Coronado (Mexico)

Capoeira – Rudy (Local)

Drum Circle with Alison Feuerwerker (Local – Interactive Workshop)

Arpilleras for Children (Interactive Workshop)

SUNDAY JULY 16TH – Main Stage

Groove (Korea)

Fränder (Sweden/Estonia)

Luta Cruz (Afro Chilean)

Borolo Vallenato (Local)

Vox Sambou (Quebec)

SUNDAY JULY 16TH – The Peace Stage

Richard Garvey (B.C.)

Q’Jong (Local)

Dance from Haiti

Junk Instrument (Interactive Workshop)

Our dedication to represent Indigenous peoples, BIPOC, refugees, immigrants, and other marginalized communities helps you, the audience identify with our presentations –perhaps the feeling of pride you get when the music comes from your own heritage, or by introducing you to a culture you many not know enough about – either way – you're going to have the time of your life!

Be ready to engage, celebrate, dance, eat, meet, & remember what it's like to experience live music!

Let us know that you're planning to join us and we'll keep you up-to-date on the schedule. Use the button below to register on eventbrite now!

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