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WOMADelaide

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WOMADelaide is back! From March 7th to 10th the Adelaide Botanic Park will serve as main stage for one of Australia’s biggest happenings. The fun-packed Kidzone, workshops and the Global Village with over 100 stalls offering international food, arts, crafts and festival merchandise make WOMADelaide one of the coolest festivals in the world. The music lineup, that includes Billy Bragg, the Balanescu Quartet, Algerian legend Rachid Taha and numerous local and international artists is the icing on the cake.

The first edition of the music and dance festival WOMADelaide took place in 1992. It was organized in Adelaide’s Botanic Park as part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts. From 1993, WOMADelaide was held every two years, in odd-numbered years, to not conflict with subsequent editions of the Festival of Art. In 2003, WOMADelaide became an annual festival and, in the following year, the WOMADelaide Foundation was set up as non-profit to present the festival and special projects for remote Indigenous arts communities.

In 2010, for the 50th anniversary of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, WOMADelaide was extended to four days. The four-days have been kept ever since, due to the overwhelming popularity of the festival.

Adelaide, the World’s Capital of Arts, Dance and Music

The annual dance and world music festival WOMADelaide quickly grew in popularity since its very first edition. During the years, thousands of fans have been attended the gathering that brings together arts, dance, culture and music. Big international stars like Peter Gabriel, Gil Scott-Heron, Jimmy Cliff and Crowded House stopped by WOMADelaide to perform. Because of its success, the festival won the FasterLouder Festival Award 2008 for best Sound & Production, as well as the  2008 Helpmann Award for Best Contemporary Music Festival.

This year, WOMADelaide is back for four exciting days (March 7th-10th) of fun, hot live music acts, arts and international treats. The KidZone is dedicated to the younger ones and features plenty of free kids activities like multicultural crafts workshops, storytelling, dress-ups, free face painting and bouncy things! The Global Village is without doubt one of the festival highlights. For four days, WOMADelaide gathers an incredible array of over 100 stalls that offer international food, amazing arts and crafts and that sell official festival merchandise and CDs. This is the place to be when you want to eat, have a drink or shop around the world, all without leaving the Botanic Park!

The Planet Talks return to WOMADelaide’s Speakers Corner with a lineup of inspiring speakers from Australia, Europe and the US. Planet Talks bring fans’ experience beyond discovering new sounds, sights and flavours and make them explore a wide range of ideas and topics that focus on sustainability and the man-earth relationship. Those who feel like taking action shouldn’t miss the workshops. In fact, at WOMADelaide it’s possible to learn different kinds of dances from Adelaide experts Fusion Beats (Bollywood dance on Friday), Ruby Dhatura (Tribal Belly Dance on Saturday), Steve Goldsmith (Kauna traditional Dance, Sunday) and Flamenco Areti (Monday). In alternative, why not stop by and admire one of the street performance around the festival?

WOMADelaide

Picture Credits: WOMADelaide

 

Music, however, is still WOMADelaide’s top highlight. For four days, local and world’s renowned artists will bring exciting music performances at the Botanic Park. Jazz, Flamenco, reggae, rock, soul…pretty much every music genre is represented at WOMADelaide!

The list of Australian acts includes singer and slide guitarist Jeff Lang, Melbourne neo-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote, the unique indigenous sounds of Coloured Stone and soul nine-piece band Saskwatch.

Listen to Some of the Australian Performers of WOMADleaide

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British singer-songwriter and activist Billy Bragg, the “sonically adventurous” Rachid Taha, the Latin sounds of Buika and the avant-gard string quartet Balanescu Quartet are some of the international acts featured at WOMADelaide 2014. The list also includes Scandinavian singer Ane Brun, new fado star Carminho, Grammy Award nominee Roberto Fonseca and bluesman Jon Cleary with his Absolute Monster Gentlemen.

Music by some of WOMADelaide’s International Perfomers

 

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For four days, Adelaide becomes the world’s capital of arts, dance and music. WOMADelaide is one of Australia’s most popular and entertaining festivals that presents top-class performers from all continents!

Find our more about the programme or click here  for more information on the tickets. Click this link for directions on how to get to WOMADelaide. Before the festival, make sure to download the free festival app available for iPhone and Android Devices.

During and after WOMADelaide make sure to share your pictures using the hashtag #JazzSpotlight on Twitter and Instagram! If want some of your pictures to be shared on our social media, feel free to email them to us at info@thejazzspotlight.com  🙂

Enjoy WOMADelaide 2014, happy festival everyone!

Festival Details

WOMADelaide

Botanic Park, Adelaide, Australia

Info: info@womadelaide.com.au

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