De La Soul, Tinariwen, and Bellowhead lead the line-up for WOMAD's 33rd editions and their ninth gathering in the Wiltshire countryside at the picturesque site in Charlton Park, near Malmesbury from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July 2015, with early entry available on Thursday.
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 brings together many forms of music, arts and dance from countries and cultures around the world on seven separate stage and workshop areas.
Adding to a bill that also includes the first act confirmed, CW Stoneking, will be 47soul, AcholiMachon, Aurelio Martinez, Banda Magda, veteran Brazilian singer Dona Onete, Eska, Ester Rada, Kim Churchill, L'Hijaz'Car, Molotov Jukebox, Orange Blossom, Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp, Japanese funk from Osaka Monaurail, Sagapool, Sona Jobarteh, and Swindle.
For early bird arrivals, Thursday night offers Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestar, and the colourful Kala Chethena Kathakali Theatre Company, as well as the traditional curtain-raising local The Malmesbury Schools Project collaboration with this year's partners Tomorrow's Warriors.
This is a mere taste of what's to come at WOMAD Charlton Park 2015. The full line-up features around 100 artists from 40 countries performing over the festival weekend.
WOMAD’s World of Art gives invited artists the entire festival site to use as a giant canvass on which to create specially commissioned pieces and the World of Words to debate and discuss the things that matter in the world we live in.
Apart from the music the festival offers much more to discover throughout the weekend. There is the Taste the World stage where acts display their cooking prowess and Taste The World Restaurant will lay on local, seasonal and completely natural food from all around the globe.
The Drum and Dance Tent offers early-bird yoga sessions, rumba lessons and drumming workshops. The World of Wellbeing, located in the park’s arboretum, offers treatments, therapies, discussions, workshops and spaces to simply chill under the trees. The WOMAD spa, offers a chance to pamper with treatments, spa pools, sauna, boundless showers and a cocktail bar.
Festivalgoers can experience the sights, smells and tastes of the festival’s diverse food traders, shop til they drop in the Global Market or simply enjoy the vintage rides at Carter's Original Steam Fair.
The dedicated kids area, World of Kids, is always bursting with things to see with a wide-ranging programme of workshops, entertainment and activities around this year's theme 'Myths, Legends and Folktales' from around the world. On Sunday afternoon the Children’s Parade, one of the festival highlights, will wind its way through the festival site.
The early bird offer has ended. Weekend tickets - which are valid from the Friday until Sunday are priced at £165 (Thursday arrivals will also need a Thursday camping ticket costing £30).
Other ticket prices & options available will include:
Teenage Weekend Ticket (aged 14-17) £80
Disabled Weekend Ticket £165
SN16 Resident Weekend £115
A campervan ticket is priced at £65
Spa Ticket £120
Park & Camp £70
La-Di-Dah Loos £20
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.
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