Sounds without borders: an eclectic mix in WOMADelaide 2024’s second announcement

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The WOMADelaide 2024 second announcement of artists was made this morning. Among today’s 38 artists added to the program are 11 from France and the Francophonie. This is in addition to the 7 we told you about from the first announcement, which you can read here. Read on to discover the 11 newly announced acts from France and the Francophonie from the WOMADelaide 2024 second announcement.

WOMADelaide 2024 second announcement 


Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul - by Camille Vivier BLENDA
Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul – by Camille Vivier BLENDA



Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul (BELGIUM):

Ghent-based duo challenges dancefloor norms, infusing societal commentary into playful synth concoctions with a knowing wink.





WOMADelaide 2024 - Second announcement -CORPUS_Les moutons_ Gary Mulcahey
Image: Gary Mulcahey


CORPUS – Divine Intervention & Les moutons (CANADA):

CORPUS combines movement and surreal imagery in “Les Moutons” and offers a sense of magic and beauty in “Divine Interventions.”




Al-Qasar WOMADelaide 2024 second announcement (c) Philippe Martin
Image: Philippe Martin



Unleashing an “Arabian Fuzz” storm, Al-Qasar’s psychedelic rock invites a dancefloor celebration intertwined with North African trance.


Image: L'immédiat "La lévitation réelle"



Cie L’immédiat – La lévitation réelle (FRANCE):

Cie L’immédiat mesmerizes with “La lévitation réelle,” a surreal blend of physical theatre, acrobatics, and pantomime.



Compagnie On Off © Hervé Escario (83)
Image: Herve-Escari

Compagnie On Off – Le Chant de L’eau (FRANCE):

Cie On Off’s Lucie Martin explores vibratory medicine in “Le Chant de L’eau,” inviting the audience into a whimsical therapeutic treatment.


Gratte Ciel RoZeoGratte Ciel – RoZeO (FRANCE):

Acclaimed aerial choreographers Gratte Ciel (who brought the show with the angels and their feathers) return with a mesmerizing performance RoZeO, swirling amidst the treetops on 10 metre poles to create an illusion of flight.


WOMADelaide Black Jesus Experience
Image credit – Bram Lammers


Black Jesus Experience (ETHIOPIA / AUSTRALIA): Melbourne-based Black Jesus Experience blends Ethio-jazz, hip-hop, and funk, offering an explosive journey of Ethiopian tradition on future grooves.


AURUS - WOMADelaide 2024 second announcement






AURUS, a true musical and visual UFO, weaves orchestral pop with the roots of Réunion Island, delivering a modern mirage through tenor vocals.



WOMADelaide second announcement



The Good Ones (RWANDA):


The Good Ones, survivors of the Rwandan genocide, create music as a healing force, rooted in local traditions and untouched by Western influences.




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Emel Mathlouthi (TUNISIA):


Tunisian singer Emel Mathlouthi embarks on a sonic exploration, grounding her honeyed vocals with heavy electronics in her latest album, “MRA.”



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MC Yallah & Debmaster (UGANDA / FRANCE):


Veteran rapper MC Yallah, with linguistic dexterity, collaborates with French producer Debmaster, traversing trap, dancehall, and industrial styles.



This WOMADelaide 2024 second announcement rounds out the program with diversity in artists and adding plenty of French and Canadian circus and dance. Playing days will be announced in December.


WHAT: WOMADelaide 2024 (World of Music and Dance festival in Adelaide)

WHERE: Adelaide’s Botanic Park

WHEN: 8 to 11 March 2024

HOW: Purchase your tickets via this link


Tickets are available at these discounted First Release prices until they increase on 16 January 2024:

  • 4 day tickets: $435 for adults, $390 for Concession card holders, $248 for Youth (aged 13-17)
  • 3 day tickets (choice of Friday to Sunday OR Saturday to Monday): $402 for adults, $361 for Concession card holders, $237 for Youth (aged 13-17)
  • Friday night ticket: $152 for Adults, $145 for Concession, $95 for Youth (aged 13-17)
  • Single day and night ticket for Saturday, Sunday or Monday: $205 for adults, $195 for Concession card holders, $130 for Youth (aged 13-17)


WOMAD content

Read our interviews with past WOMADelaide artists via the links below:

Constantinople returns to WOMADelaide but this time with Belgian-Tunisian Ghalia Benali

DJ GUTS will take you on a musical voyage at WOMADelaide next month

French Compagnie Archibald Caramantran brings its giant marionettes to WOMADelaide next month

San Salvador from San Salvadour in France will play WOMADelaide 2023


MUSIC: Youssou N’Dour in Australia for concerts this week

French-Moroccan group Bab L Bluz comes to Australia for the first time

Madeleine Peyroux brings her Careless Love Forever tour to Australia

The Original Gypsies close WOMADelaide tonight!

Baloji, Congolese-Belgian rapper plays WOMADelaide this weekend

INTERVIEW: Constantinople in Australia with Ablaye Cissoko for WOMADelaide

INTERVIEW: Violons Barbares before their Australian shows at WOMADelaide

Gratte Ciel’s “La Place des Anges”, a French aerial spectacular, will transform Botanic Park for WOMADelaide


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The Party, the new show from Strut & Fret, is no Blanc de Blanc

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The Party, the new headlining show from Strut & Fret in the Garden of Unearthly Delights at Adelaide Fringe, is full of energy but just doesn’t live up to previous shows Blanc de Blanc and Blanc de Blanc Encore. A show with plenty of dance numbers, lip-synching and sexual references, The Party doesn’t let the performers fully showcase their talents to the audience.

The Party
Image: Matilda Marseillaise

The set presents as a two-story house complete with door, windows, and balconies and these all get lots of use throughout The Party. Brightly coloured with colour-changing neon lights and the word PARTY proudly splashed across it, it’s a visual delight.


While it’s clear that the cast are talented from their dance routines (of which there are several), unfortunately we don’t get to see their full potential. Apart from Swedish singer Amanda, who gets to sing a number or two and Angela Leigh McIlroy-Wagar, who wowed in the second half with her stunning, contortionist aerial performance, we don’t get to see just what the other cast members are capable of. Emma Phillips, the third lady (the long-haired blonde) in The Party, is a New Zealand foot juggler but we don’t get to see any of that in The Party.


The only part of the acrobatic act that was daring Image: Matilda Marseillaise

The male cast members performing acrobatics didn’t wow us as we hoped they would. There were cleverly choreographed rough and tumble and fight scenes but in terms of actual daring, risky feats, there were few. Again, we don’t feel that we got to see their full potential. There is a pole on stage but it rarely got used and when it did, it wasn’t for jaw-dropping acts.


The developing flirtations between Amanda and Danny, of which we are treated to snippets, remind us a little of a previous Strut & Fret show Life: The Show. Their singing duets were fun.


This is not a show for the prudish with plenty of nudity and sexual references along the way. However, instead of adding to a storyline or an act, they seemed to be there just for nudity or crudeness’ sake. The doorbell which sounded with each new arrival at the party quickly became jarring and the music was way louder than it needed to be, without any reason for it to be.


The show is billed as two hours but we feel it could easily be trimmed down to one. When we attended, it finished at 22:10 rather than the expected 22:30 anyway and there was a 20 minute interval which didn’t feel necessary as there weren’t any set changes. Some parts of the show quickly became repetitive and could be cut. For example, lip-synching to lines from movies was fun at the start but again didn’t need to come back throughout the show.


Overall, The Party is a loud, colourful show with an impressive and varied soundtrack but which lacks the substance of Blanc de Blanc and Blanc de Blanc Encore. We’d like to see more of the performers showcase their talents. If you’re looking for a true variety, circus show at Adelaide Fringe, sadly The Party is not it.



Matilda Marseillaise was a guest of the Garden of Unearthly Delights and Adelaide Fringe



WHAT: The Party, the new show from Strut & Fret

WHERE: The Spiegeltent, Garden of Unearthly Delights,

WHEN: Nightly (except Mondays) at 8:30pm throughout Adelaide Fringe 2023 plus a 4:30pm show on Saturdays and Sundays

HOW: Purchase your tickets via this link:

HOW MUCH: Ticket prices (exclusive of booking fee) are as follows:

  • Booth: $89.00 to $99.00
  • Companion Card: $FREE
  • Cheap Seats: $59.00
  • General Admission: $59.00 to $85.00
  • Concession: $69.00 to $79.00
  • Premium: $89.00 to $99.00
  • Ringside VIP: $119.00 to $129.00


Want more Adelaide Fringe? Check out the below articles

Adelaide Fringe 2023: 23 shows with French and francophone links to see

Les Commandos Percus bring their show Silence! to Adelaide Fringe 2023

In Carmen the Cabaret, Eliane Morel ponders if Carmen is a femme fatale why does she die?

Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil) based on the poetry of Baudelaire is a new dance show coming to Adelaide Fringe

Bourgeois & Maurice: an extra-terrestrial sibling duo comes to Adelaide Fringe 2023

Les Commandos Percu Silence! is a must-see show this Adelaide Fringe – last chance tonight

Louise McCabe will present A Night to Baguette at Adelaide Fringe next month



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