WOMAD | World of Music, Arts and Dance.

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WOMAD is to celebrate the world’s many forms of music, arts and dance. The first WOMAD festival was in Shepton Mallet, UK in 1982.

WOMAD in the UK takes place in the grounds of Charlton Park (map), a stately home in Wiltshire. The arena holds at least 5 main stages with a further one in the Arboretum. An old fashioned steam fair, global market, children’s area, wellbeing section is also found on the WOMAD UK festival site.

From the outset, the WOMAD name has reflected the festival’s idea; to be embracing but non-definitive, inspiring and outward looking; and more than anything, enthusiastic about a world that has no boundaries in its ability to communicate through music and movement.

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And such is the success of WOMAD that the festival has travelled to more than 30 countries, and is entered in the 2001 Guinness Book of Records as the “biggest international music festival”.

Off stage, artists hold classes and meet ups for any interested in learning more about indigenous instruments, musical styles, and performance techniques. There are also tents reserved for arts and crafts for kids (adults are welcome too, of course), and there is even a carnival as part of the scene with rides like spinning cars and merry-go-rounds.

Workshops. Adult workshops are taken by the musicians and will involve dance, musical instruments and discussions. Children’s workshops involve painting, circus skills, graffiti, modelling, story telling and more.

Taste The World. Musicians cook a choice of dish from their home country in front of an audience.

Global Market. The Global Market sells international food and wares.


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WOMAD 2023 Film.

Our new WOMAD film hands the commentary over to you! If you were on site this year, we may have included you in our celebratory film telling everyone what WOMAD is all about and why people love joining the party. Watch now for a taste of what’s to come in July.

WOMAD Festival
27 – 30 July 2023

video source: WOMAD Festival / youtube.com /

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