WOMAD has been cancelled for 2021. See the news article for a detailed explanation.
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 22nd to Sunday 25th July 2021.
Along with the music there's the World of Words, World of Art, World of Children, World of Wellbeing, and Taste the World.
WOMAD plans to put Covid-safe measures in place.
The announced acts include: Anoushka Shankar, Jordan Rakei, The Comet is Coming, Nitin Sawhney, A Certain Ratio, The Dhol Foundation, Greentea Peng, Nubiyan Twist, The Selecter, Sona Jobarteh, Amaraterra, Bess Atwell, Cheng Yu and Silk Breeze, Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, Dizraeli, DJ Alikat, DJ Kobayashi, Sacha Dieu (DJ), DJ Tofu & Fizzy Gillespie, Dublin Calling All Star Band, Electric Jalaba, Kefaya & Elaha Soroor, Father of Mylo, Los Bitchos, Paolo Tossio, Soul Professor, Stornoway, Too Many T's, and more, with more to be announced.
For the details as available please see the line-up page.
Tickets are on sale, priced as follows:-
adult 3 days: £185
adult 4 days: £225
teenage 3 days: £95*
teenage 4 days: £130*
(*names of teenagers must be registered when purchasing tickets)
Park & Camp: SOLD OUT
Children 13 and under FREE (but still need ticket)
WOMAD offers festie fodder from around the globe and 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 festival is aimed at the whole family, and allows all children aged 13 years and under, in for free. 'The World of Children' will have the usual comprehensive programme of workshops, entertainment and activities, open from 9am-7pm with almost all activities free. 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 its way through the main arena.
The 2019 theme for World of Children is SPACE. Experience space unicorns, cosmic clowns, riotous robots, space oddities, moon watch, Ziggy Stardust, spiders from Mars, shadow puppets, a solar coconut shy, alien invasions and loads more.
"We are super excited to announce tickets for WOMAD 2021 are ON SALE NOW!
The festival will go ahead from 22-25 July 2021 in line with the Government road map which aims to remove all social distancing restrictions by 21st June 2021.
Inevitably there will be some changes to the festival and we will be adapting to changing conditions to make WOMAD happen this year, with no doubt that WOMAD 2021 will be, as always a glorious celebration of the global community, its music, arts, culture and food.
We will continue to liase with the licensing and Public Health authorities to understand and implement the measures required for the festival to take place safely and for the wider community to feel totally comfortable. A 'WOMAD Roadmap 2021' is in development and will continue to be updated as those decisions are made. Some of these will include:
Line-up: International travel to and from the UK is currently restricted. Fortunately, the UK has a rich and culturally diverse artistic community and WOMAD will celebrate this diversity with a line-up of mainly UK based artists reflecting musical and artistic traditions from all over the world. The UK artists will be announced on 12 April. But, when restrictions on international travel are lifted, organisers hope to build on this foundation by adding international artists to the line-up around the 17 May, many of whom have already committed to performing at WOMAD 2021 if international travel allows.
Increased Space: We are redesigning aspects of the site to increase the space in the campsite and the arena so people have as much space as they need.
Capacity: Capacity is continually under review. In the first instance tickets will be sold in batches with additional batches added as the consultation proceeds. The final capacity will be based on consultation and reflect the increased space available in the site and the licensing guidelines.
Home Testing: We are discussing the possibility of following the schools' model and the upcoming DCMS test events of offering home-based Lateral Flow Tests both before and after the festival. Depending on the position of the Public Health Authorities these may be sold at cost price. Festival goers who have a ticket and test positive will be refunded in full or have their ticket rolled over to 2022.
In case of cancellation: In the event that the festival is cancelled by the Government or Health Authorities, tickets can either be rolled over to 2022 or fully refunded. "
More information will be here when available.
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