Bringing together many forms of music, arts and dance from countries and cultures around the world on seven separate stage and workshop areas.
WOMAD stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance, and returns to the picturesque site at Charlton Park, near Malmesbury in Wiltshire from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July 2013.
Latest additions are RSVP and the Bollywoodettes.
The line-up includes Rokia Traore, Gilberto Gil, Seun Kuti and Fela's Egypt 80, Parov Stellar, The Heavy, Adjagas, The Bombay Royale, Carminho, Christine Salem, Alice Russell, David Rodigan, Asif Ali Khan, Bwani Junction, Canzoniere Grencanico Salentino, David Wax Museum, Debapriya and Samanwaya, Dub Inc., Emel Mathlouthi, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Fredy Massamba, Gocoo, Huun Huur Tu, Jagwa Music, Kissmet, Le Vent du Nord, Levon Minassian, Mala In Cuba, Malawi Mouse Boys, Mokoomba, Nano Stern, Ondatropica, Osibisa, Sam Lee, Schlachthofbronx, Syd Arthur, Tamikrest, Dizu Plaatjies and Ibuyambo Ensemble, Fimber Bravo, Flavia Coelho, Hidden Orchestra, Iadoni, Jesca Hoop, Katy Carr & The Aviators, Malouma, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, Riot Jazz, Spoek Mathambo, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, YesKing, and Urna & Kroke.
Plus Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Max Romeo, Arrested Development, Craig Charles, Joseph Arthur, Ed Harcourt, Babylon Circus, Amesmalua, Nynke, La Chiva Gantiva, Imperial Tiger Orchestra, The Bookshop Band, Barrule, Capercaillie, Dawanggang, Desmali & D'Ambo de la Costa, DJ Tudo e Sua Gente de Todo Lugar, Dogan Mehmet and the Boombox Karavan, Family Atlantica, Guy Schalom & The Baladi Blues Ensemble, KonKoma, La Pegatina, Mavrika Nefes with Fidan Hajiyeva, The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Roopa Panesar, and Zykopops.
The full line-up features around 100 artists from 40 countries performing over the festival weekend. There's also a full programme of adult and childrens workshops (limited spaces available - turn up early!), a cabaret tent, fun fair, comedy, DJ sessions, as well the normal festie fodder, and a huge market of world crafts.
For the line-up details, day and stage splits, as available please click here.
On Thursday for 'early bird' ticket holders there's eclectic live music and special collaborations.
Adult tickets are priced at £145
Early entry Thursday tickets (bought with the ticket above) £25
Teenage Weekend Ticket (aged 14-17) - £75
Early Bird Disabled Weekend Ticket - £125
A campervan ticket is priced at £45
SN16 Resident Ticket is priced at £90
Children 13 and under can come free with each adult ticket holder, but need a free child ticket. All children must hold their own ticket and must be accompanied by a ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 21. One ticket holding parent or guardian can only accompany up to 4 people under the age of 18. Thursday tickets do not need to be purchased for children aged 13 and under.
Day tickets are also available with prices kept the same as last year. A Saturday or Sunday ticket is priced at £66 (£55 for SN16 purchasers).
To buy tickets, click here.
WOMAD's famous Global Village offers a dizzying choice of over 40 types of food from all over the globe and there's also a Real Ale Bar, a Cider Bar, and the 'Taste the World' tent where some of the artists will show off their cooking, and usually stage an impromptu gig.
Music Workshops for adults, will include participatory sessions with WOMAD artists. Festival goers will be able to immerse themselves in the stories behind the music, learn the origins of rare and unusual instruments, and more.
The 'Drum and Dance Tent' will also return with early-bird yoga sessions to salsa lessons to night owl happenings. Sing-Up in the Arboretum will host a celebration of songs from across the globe.
Woodland Gamelan are expected to return to this year's festival bringing their unique tools, tents and imaginations back to the arboretum, ready to convert the smallest piece of wood into the simplest instrument or create a full gamelan.
The festival is aimed at the whole family, and allows all children aged 13 years and under, in for free. WOMAD promises even more stuff for kids and young people than ever before. 'The World of Kids' will have the usual comprehensive programme of workshops, entertainment and activities. These include the opportunity to create a range of art including masks, flags, giant structures, costumes and junk instruments. They are held throughout the weekend culminating in the Children's Parade which starts from the Children's area traditionally at 6pm on the Sunday and winds it's way through the main arena.
For more information about the work of the WOMAD Foundation both in the UK and around the world, festival goers will be able to visit the Friends of WOMAD stall onsite over the weekend.
WOMAD festivals are held all over the world, in countries including; Australia, New Zealand, Sicily and Spain. They allow audiences to gain an insight into cultures other than their own through the enjoyment of music. WOMAD aims to excite, to inform, and to create awareness of the worth and potential of a multicultural society. It has a friendly and family-safe atmosphere, as well as fantastic music from all around the globe.
More information will be here when available.
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