KNOXVILLE (WATE) – World-class musicians are heading to Knoxville. The Big Ears Festival starts March 31.Related:Musicians flock to Knoxville, singer to give secret concert

Musicians will perform all over Knoxville in a variety of venues, including The Standard, the Bijou Theatre and the Square Room. Audiences will hear from diverse performers including, Japanese musician Ikue Mori, cellist Maya Beiser and band Yo La Tengo.

The festival includes film showings and discussions from filmmakers. Films include “New Jerusalem,” “All the Light in the Sky” and “NY Export: Opus Jazz.” Also, guests will be able to attend workshops, installations, exhibitions, surprise collaborations and more.

The festival was found in 2009. The Oxford American Magazine said the festival was “one of the most quietly earth-shattering, subtly luminous festivals the world over.” Past performers inlcude Vampire Weekend, Phillip Glass and The Wordless Music Orchestra.

But what is with the name? Big ears means someone who is able to hear many qualities of music.

Big Ears Festival ends April 2. Tickets may be purchased online at Ticketmaster.