The Cedar Cultural Center promotes intercultural appreciation and understanding through music and dance.

Happy Anniversary! Here at The Cedar, we are two and a half months into our 25th season. That’s 25 years of bringing acclaimed musicians from all over the globe to Minnesota for the purpose of furthering our mission: To promote intercultural appreciation and understanding through global music and dance. So far this season, we have hosted musicians hailing from Ethiopia, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Mali, Ireland, The Sahara, Sweden, Germany, and India. That’s the beauty of live music: It takes you on a journey around the world without leaving Minneapolis. In addition to hosting over 200 public concert events each year, we also maintain a number of community outreach programs. Just a few highlights so far this season include:

  • 516 audience members attended our free season opening concert on September 1st featuring Oliver Mtukudzi from Zimbabwe
  • In partnership with WorkAbilities, an organization that serves adults with developmental disabilities, we presented three daytime programs at their facility featuring Battlefield Band from Scotland, Kardemimmit from Finland, and Lake Street Dive from the US
  • We hosted a daytime educational program with Debo Band for middle school students from Lighthouse Academy in Minneapolis
  • We presented our fifth Global Roots Festival with free performances by Finnish fiddling group Kardemimmit, Ukrankian world music quartet DakhaBrakha, Ethiopian dance band Debo Band, and kayanm player Christine Salem from Réunion Island.
  • We held an EID party with local and international Somali singers
  • We hosted a Somali Women’s Storytelling Circle that engaged about 50 Somali women in four workshops of crafting and storytelling
  • We presented sold-out shows featuring artists including Herbert Gronemeyer, CocoRosie, Blind Boys of Alabama, John Mark Nelson, Jake Shimabukuro, Billy Bragg, Over The Rhine, Shovels & Rope, Dom Flemons, Brett Dennen with Noah Gundersen, and KT Tunstall with Brian Lopez


Thank you to our donors for supporting us these 24 plus years. Donations from our patrons constitute about 8% of our annual budget, which is crucial to keeping our doors open. Making an annual donation of any amount demonstrates that you support the power of live music to bridge cultural differences and bring disparate communities together. Please donate today to support The Cedar’s programming, further our mission, and honor our 25th anniversary.

“As far as concert venues go, it’s hard to find one that encapsulates so much of what’s great about the Twin Cities better than The Cedar does. First off, it’s always all-ages – an everybody’s-welcome sort of policy that tends to be in short supply these days. Second, it’s a true melting pot, the standard-bearer for a neighborhood that’s evolved into one of our richest cultural microcosms, a venue that pays homage as equally to folk ensembles from West Africa as it does to indie rockers from the West Coast. But even beyond it’s second-to-none cultural breadth, The Cedar does its part to nurture creativity, often finding ways to encourage its artists to present their work in new and unusual ways – be it with film scores, pajama parties, or, hell, just a good old-fashioned dance party. With The Cedar, the further outside the box, the better, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.” –City Pages Best of the Twin Cities 2013 “Best Concert Venue”

I’m simply stunned at how much of a centrifuge The Cedar is in its efforts of bringing world music to town and aligning it with other organizational efforts.” –Scott Pollock, The American Swedish Institute

Our field trip to The Cedar was amazingly fun! Not only was it a great time, but the students had a chance to live the lessons we teach them every day. Sharing cultures, embracing differences, and learning about diversity is central to quality education.” –Dana Bjorum, Teacher, Pierre Bottineau French Immersion School

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