Axé WorldFest will provide audiences with a positive experience of cultural activities showcasing world music in Canada’s capital. Music will inspire and motivate positivity in our communities – bringing international acts together with local acts – strengthening the essential elements of cultural diversity.

Our main focus is to curate BIPOC artists, Newcomers, 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, artists with disabilities and those who face increased systemic barriers to presenting their work elsewhere including at other organizations and venues in Ottawa.

We aim to improve and provide a safe working environment and better working conditions for marginalized artists and cultural workers, we are here to listen and be the voice for artists and to create an inclusive environment that brings people together to celebrate our community.


​Our mandate is to deepen the appreciation and knowledge of world music through music programs that underscore the diversity of national and international artists, in an environment that provides an inclusive, interactive, safe and energetic space for people to learn about and experience musical sounds from all over the world.

​Our main goals and artistic objectives are:

  • To present exceptional artists from Canada, and around the world, through our headline festival and other live music events.

  • To offer high-quality internationally-recognized headliners with emerging and established repertoires.

  • ​To create culturally diverse and family-friendly line-ups to attract traditional and new audiences.

  • ​To support local and emerging artists in establishing professional networks and partnerships around the world by strengthening artistic independence and supporting new practices and ideas.

  • ​To produce numerous events across the Ottawa-Capital region, partnering with various local business and organizations, supporting and encouraging more women, trans and any minority to join forces in the music industry to elevate the community and enrich the local scene.

We acknowledge that Axé Worldfest headquarters is located in Ottawa, we are on the unceded, unsurrendered Territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation whose presence here reaches back to time immemorial.