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Small Island Big Song

Small Island Big Song

Friday, April 12
7:30pm in Stewart Theatre with Guest Artist Charly Lowry

$35-$40 | $10 NC State Students | $20 Faculty/Staff
Artist-in-Residence events all week April 8-12, 2024.
Pre-show Talk at 6:30pm at Talley, Room 3222

NOTE: This performance uses theatrical fog and haze.

IMPORTANT: Always purchase your tickets through our website or box office. Tickets obtained from unauthorized online sources may be stolen, counterfeit and/or extremely overpriced.

If you prefer to buy your tickets in person, the box office will be open one hour before showtime for cashless sales (subject to availability). You can also make an appointment with Ticket Central by emailing

The most heartfelt and evocative sounds imaginable

– Roots World, US

About the Event

Small Island Big Song brings together Indigenous artists from across the island nations of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, a region at the frontline of the climate crisis, as sea level rise threatens their homelands. These musicians have come together with filmmakers, oceanographers, scientists, and poets to create a concert experience that Billboard calls, “One coherent jaw dropping piece.”

The musicians brilliantly create musical dialogue between cultures as far afield as Taiwan, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Madagascar, Mauritius, Easter Island (Chile). And they adeptly mix their unique traditional music with diverse contemporary styles like reggae, R&B, and folk. The concert also features stunning video footage collected during a three-year journey across 16 countries guided by the artists in their homelands. Don’t miss the grand finale of our 2023-24 season!

Connect Across Cultures

The artists of Small Island Big Song will be in residence with NC State LIVE from April 8-12, 2024.

Join us for film screenings, artist talks, interactive workshops and more!

The musicians of Small Island Big Song join hands on stage. Photo by Kimmi Cranes.

Clothing Donations

It’s spring cleaning time! Bring your used clothing to the concert on April 12 to donate to the Campus Thrift Store, a student-led sustainability initiative. Follow @campusthriftstore on Instagram for updates and event information. 


NC State LIVE strives to make our programming accessible to everyone. If you have an access need or an accommodation request, please email Liza Green, associate director at Learn more about accessibility at NC State LIVE.

Protect the Pack

NC State LIVE is fully committed to the health and wellness of our campus, community and artists and will be following all public health and NC State University’s Community Standards as of the date of the event. This could include changes to capacity, attendance prerequisites and other protective measures. 

Face coverings are not required inside our theatres. Although face coverings are not required, you are encouraged to wear them if you feel more comfortable or safer doing so. In addition, Stewart Theatre has a state-of-the-art UV filtration system, extra hand sanitizing stations and paperless ticketing. In the event that a performance is cancelled, all tickets will be fully refunded.

It Takes a Village

NC State LIVE is supported in part by grants from the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission, South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.