Bringing exciting, brilliant and culturally diverse music to Canterbury.

In association with Music For Change, Gulbenkian bring some of the biggest stars in world music to Canterbury.

Kanda Bongo Man King of Soukous

Kanda Bongo Man is one of the biggest stars in world music and one of the leading exponents of Africa, Kanda revolutionised the Congolese favourite music of soukous after parting with Orchestra Belle Mambo to take up a solo career in Paris in 1979.

Sat 28 September 2019
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Jambinai and Korea Day

Creating some of the most innovative sounds in East Asia’s underground scene, Jambinai are an award-winning post-rock/world music hybrid act from Korea that is taking the world by storm.

Fri 4 October 2019
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Vula Viel

Forward-thinking UK trio Vula Viel celebrate their sophomore album, ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ at the Gulbenkian on 30th October 2019, continuing their unique musical journey centred around the Gyil (Ghanaian xylophone).

Wed 30 October 2019
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Fusing the folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland and her Scottish roots with London's eclectic music scene, Namvula blends African sounds and rhythms with Latin, jazz and folk into uplifting and emotive songs.

Wed 13 November 2019
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AKA Trio: Antonio Forcione, Seckou Keita & Adriano Adewale

The AKA TRIO is an international musical summit meeting of three world-renowned virtuosos: Antonio Forcione, Seckou Keita and Adriano Adewale.

Sun 17 November 2019, 8:00pm
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Maya Youssef

Virtuoso Syrian qanun player from Damascus. Her innovative approach to playing the qanun has expanded her audiences to international platforms. She combines her extraordinary musical gifts with a generosity of outlook, warmth, humour and optimism.

Wed 27 November 2019
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Global Sounds Series

Our work with young people

Children and Young People are at the heart of what we do, as audience members, as participants and as thought leaders.

Through our landmark ART31 project we are working with young people and partners in Kent to create new opportunities through the arts for under 25's across the county.

Below are some of our current projects focused on the development of young people.

Our projects with young people