Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


The Dombra Speaks: The Life and World of Dina Nurpeisova

Music is loaded with cultural significance, and even a single second of a song can convey an entire cultural world. For Kazakhs, that world is contained in the strumming of a dombra.
The Dombra Speaks opens a window into the world of Kazakh traditional culture in a series of performances that bring together music (by dombrist Diana Yun) and cultural commentary (by storyteller and historian Dana Sherry) to open a window into the meaning of dombra music for traditional Kazakh culture.
We aim to provide our audience with a deeper understanding of this beautiful traditional art form as it was meant to be experienced, to awaken a desire to know more about the dombra, to provoke questions about the significance of music in our lives, and to inspire new ways of thinking about music, stories, and culture.
Our first performance highlights the music of Dina Nurpeisova (1861-1955), blending her songs with her personal experiences and her philosophical insights.
NOTE: This concert is also a fundraiser, as proceeds from the concert will help support our efforts to bring Kazakh musicians to perform in Berkeley later in 2019.

Suggested donation: $20
Cash or check only at the door,

advance tickets at

Feb 3, 8am to 10am, Silk Road House, 1944 University Ave, Berkeley

Women Drummers International Presents: Drum Sunday

Event at 1 pm in the Back Studio

Tickets are $25 - $10 (sliding scale) / Under 12 yrs free
No one turned away for lack of funds

Drum Sundays are drumming workshops presented on the first Sunday of every month by one of our FANTASTIC MAESTRA DRUMMERS from Born To Drum.

Classes are open to ALL LEVELS. There will be a limited number of drums to borrow on a first come first serve basis.

Workshop from MABIBA BAEGNE, Dunun Drums and Rhythms from West Africa

Feb 3, 1pm to 3pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Cuban Rumba Jam

Free/Donations Encouraged
The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage attendees to donate online to ensure that we keep this community event alive!
Folkloric Afro-Cuban Rhythm & Dance Every 1st & 3rd Sunday!
Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.

Feb 3, 3pm to 5pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley