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The one-day festival will feature talks, tours and arts activities for adults and families

Paid admission for all New Yorkers and Connecticut and New Jersey students

On Saturday, October 22, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will host its annual congress World Cultures Festival, an afternoon filled with performances, storytelling, interactive gallery activities and artist-led workshops. This year’s theme celebrates all arts, cultures and creators, exploring how people around the world find inspiration through materials and technology. Events will take place throughout the museum from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. All programs are free with museum admission (which is chargeable for all New Yorkers and Connecticut and New Jersey students) and no registration is required.

Activities will celebrate cultural traditions from around the world. Native American Thunderbird Dancersthe oldest resident Native American dance company in New York City will kick off the day and perform in celebration of Native American Heritage Month; Brooklyn Raga Massifan artist collective dedicated to creating cross-cultural understanding, will celebrate Diwali with classical Indian and raga-inspired music; Hispanic Ballet will host workshops throughout the day featuring Latin social dance forms like salsa and bachata to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

The World Culture Festival is made possible, in part, by Board Member Keith Powers.

“The World Culture Festival marks an important time for New Yorkers of all backgrounds to celebrate the power of art and culture with us at the Met,” said Heidi Holder, Education Chair of Frederick P. and Sandra P.Rose. “This year, in collaboration with renowned artists and educators, we are thrilled to shine a light on the creators and making traditions of New York and around the world through performances, creative activities and storytelling.”

Programming will be available in person and online and offered in multiple languages. The complete program of the Festival of World Cultures is available on The Met’s website.


Native American Thunderbird Dancers
Dance with New York’s oldest resident Native American dance company.
12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., David H. Koch Plaza, near 80th Street (weather permitting)
Rain plane: Floor 1, Great Hall
1-1.30 p.m., 2-2.30 p.m., 1st floor, Grand Hall

Brooklyn Raga Massif
Celebrate Diwali with Indian classical music.
3:30 to 4:00 p.m., 4:30 to 5:00 p.m., Floor 1, Great Hall


Walk-in art creation
Meet artists and create works inspired by The Met collection! Come anytime. Practical opportunities available.
Unless otherwise stated, activities are recommended for ages 3 and up.

Community mural
Come together to create a group mural inspired by Michael Lin’s site-specific installation pentachromeat the Great Hall escalator.
David H. Koch Plaza, near 81st Street (weather permitting)
Rain Plan: Main Floor, Carson Family Hall West, Uris Center for Education

Let the bells ring
Learn to use your body as an instrument with custom ankle bells.
Ground Floor, Carson Family Hall West, Uris Center for Education

Pottery & Poetry
Create a clay pot and a short poem inspired by the work of African American potters in the American South in the 19th century.
Ground Floor, Carroll Classroom, Uris Center for Education

Amazing animations
Collaborate with professional animator Lisa LaBracio and other visitors to create a stop-motion animated film inspired by ancient Egyptian art in The Met collection.
Floor 1, Egyptian Art, Gallery 135

Freehand Drawing: Wire Sculptures
Draw in 3D! Sculpt in wire to examine movement.
Floor 1, Gallery 548, Carroll and Milton Petrie European Court of Sculpture

Further information about the event, including instructions on programming throughout the museum, will be available at the reception desk in the Great Hall and at the information table in the plaza.


Bilingual story time
Watch, listen, sing and have fun with picture books in English and Spanish.
1:30-2:00 p.m., 2:30-3:00 p.m., 3:30-4:00 p.m., Ground floor, Art study room, Uris Educational Center

Latin social dance classes

Get moving with Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s largest Latinx cultural organization and one of America’s cultural treasures! Explore a variety of Latin social dance forms like salsa, bachata and more in this fun class open to all ages and skill levels.
12:30-1 p.m., 1:30-2 p.m., 2:30-3 p.m., Ground Floor, Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center for Education

How did they do this?
Explore the intersection of art and science as you peek into technique and learn, through the manipulation of tools and materials, how works of art are created.
ReconstructionFloor 1, Greek and Roman Art, Gallery 154, Judy and Michael H. Steinhardt Gallery
3D imagingFloor 1, Greek and Roman Art, Gallery 154, Judy and Michael H. Steinhardt Gallery
PotteryFloor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 202, Great Hall Balcony
Architectural Ornament, Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 202, Great Hall Balcony


Stop by the reception tables at the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education (ground floor) and the Great Hall (floor 1) to request an assistive listening device, language interpreter American signs, a sighted guide, large print or Braille for event times or to learn more about accessing Met accommodations, programs and resources. You can also access the Met’s sensory resources online and take a break in the silent space.

World Culture Festival: Makers will also be featured on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #WorldCultureFestival2022.

In addition, a series of programs for adults, teens and families will take place at the Museum this fall, including a new Teen Fridays welcoming high school students from New York’s five boroughs starting November 4. The program will take place every first and third Friday of the month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., providing teens with snacks, music, and drop-in art-making activities that promote collaboration and creativity.

For more information on the Met’s comprehensive security procedures, visit metmuseum.org.