world arts day

World Arts Day is designed to give the community an opportunity to experience and interact with various art forms from around the world. 

This year, we celebrate the music, dance, and visual art traditions of West Africa and India. From Senegalese drumming to Bollywood dancing, participants will be immersed in a day of cultural discovery. 

All activities are hands-on and interactive. We encourage people of all ages to take part and learn more about different cultures that make our city, country, and world beautiful. 

Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Scheduled workshops include: 

Senegalese drumming and dancing

Malian mask making

Indian henna art

Gambian jewelry making 

Indian rangoli sand art

Bollywood dance class



The Dance & Dialogue series at the Luckman is a program that allows teens from all over the city with a shared interest in dance to come together and connect. This program is an opportunity for students to put dance in a context beyond performance-based skills alone. It is a chance to appreciate the expression of emotional honesty through movement, and so to grow as an individual. 

Life skills workshops, one of the various sessions throughout the day, are modeled after the Native American communion circles and encourage participants to approach dance from a new perspective and to gain empathetic understanding. 

Dates: September 27 & October 4

Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM



Raiford Rogers modern ballet

The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA will present the Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet and the Jacaranda Chamber Orchestra in the world premiere ballet Joshua Tree Symphony by Czech composer Zbynek Mateju. Igor Stravinsky’s Concerto in D for Strings and Zbynek Mateju’s Still Life will complete the program.

Joshua Tree Symphony is the second ballet from Mateju and Rogers. A tour to the Czech Republic is planned for 2018 including a performance at the prestigious international festival Forum: Hradec Kralove with full orchestra, and at the National Theatre in Prague. Jacaranda will give the first U.S. performance of Still Life for strings and percussion that opened the Prague Festival at the National Theatre in 2015.

Zbynek Mateju is one of the most prolific Czech composers of his generation, known mainly for his collaborative works in ballet, opera and film. His extensive repertoire includes major works for orchestra and chamber music. Mateju is the recipient of numerous international honors for composition including the UNESCO Prize, the Donauballet International Composers’ Competition, and the Prix Radio Bohemia. He is celebrated for his wide-ranging musical oeuvre.

General: $40, $50, $60
Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office

Cal State L.A. students: $20
Other students: $25
(in-person only at the Luckman Box Office)


Chucho Valdés

photo credit: Francis Vernhet

Winner of six Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader Chucho Valdés has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for the past 50 years. The son of celebrated Havana musician Bebo Valdés, Chucho was already recognized as a formidable pianist when he launched his celebrated group Irakare in 1973 with a phenomenal cast that included Paquito D'Rivera and Arturo Sandoval.

The New York Times proclaims Chucho Valdés "the dean of Latin jazz" and "one of the world's great virtuosic pianists." He has recorded over 80 albums during his illustrius career and has become a true legend in his realm.

Chucho Valdés makes his highly anticipated return to the Luckman Theatre.

General: $30, $40, $50
Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office

Cal State L.A. students: $20
Other students: $25
(in-person only at the Luckman Box Office)


Rodriguez & Arum Rae


Rodriguez began his career in the 60s, but without any enthusiastic response, he was ultimately let go by his label and forced to work outside the music industry. Unbeknownst to him, and to the rest of the world, his songs became the inspiration for millions struggling against apartheid in South Africa, where he was regarded as a superstar.

Rodriguez became the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man, which depicts the story of the hunt to learn the truth behind his rumored death and disappearance in the late 1970’s. With his new-found celebrity status, Rodriguez has been a headliner at every major festival in the world and has finally found commercial success forthe album he produced nearly four decades ago.

Rodriguez returns to the Luckman with his classic hits and the songs that helped shape his fascinating life.

-Special Guest-

Bouncing between states, “indie soul” singer and songwriter Arum Rae went from performing on any stage possible—including dive bars, mental hospitals, and organic produce markets—to landing a high-profile placement on ABC’s Nashville, touring with the likes of "Sugarman" Rodriguez, Gary Clark, Jr. and B.B. King, and independently releasing her 2014 Warranted Queen EP acclaimed by Noisey, Spin, Paste, and more. On that road, she came face-to-face with addiction, loss, heartbreak, and everything in between. Her inspiration derives from a diverse musical palette including Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Outkast and Bill Withers, ultimately creating a multi-faceted musical experience for the listener.

On the heels of her recent Loners EP and forthcoming unplugged & b-sides collection Past Present Future, Arum's story comes into focus on her debut full-length album, slated for release in 2017.

General: $60, $70, $80
Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office

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