- World of Music, Arts and Dance
World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) is a festival started in
Shepton Mallet, Englandin 1982. The festival was pioneered by Peter Gabrieland various others including Stephen Pritchard, through their interest in sharing and celebrating world music, arts and dance. A typical festival will include varied live musical performances, workshops, stalls and events for children.
WOMAD currently holds festivals in over 20 countries, including
Australia, New Zealand, Japan, UK, U.S. and many European countries. The last USA concert was held on July 27 - 29, 2001 in Redmond, Washington. The 2002 and 2003 USA concerts were cancelled due to the financial consequences of 9/11and difficulties in obtaining visas for international performers.
WOMAD has pioneered the growing acceptance and enjoyment of
World musicby western society. The festival now draws crowds of over 80,000 people per event, and competes on equal terms with other mainstream western festivals globally.
Over the years, WOMAD has helped launch, boost or revive the careers of many world music (and other) artists, including the
Master Drummers of Burundi, the Afro Celt Sound System, the Dhol Foundation, Ozomatliand the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
A feature of all the festivals are the flags, which are made especially for Womad, with designs being loaned to such festivals as the
Glastonbury Festival, and such places as the Eden Project.
There are a number of regular festivals that WOMAD holds, such as (as of 2007):
WOMADelaide– South Australia
*WOMAD Charlton Park –
United Kingdom(which replaced Womad Reading)
Canarias– Las Palmas de Gran Canaria( Spain)
* [http://womad.org/ Official website]
* [http://www.womadelaide.com.au/ Official WOMADelaide Website]
* [http://www.womadsingapore.com/ Official WOMAD Singapore Website]
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