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.

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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.





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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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From France to Senegal: Seven Francophone films to expand your cultural horizons at the Perth Festival Lotterywest Films

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The Perth Festival 2024 is almost here and before the rest of the festival starts, the Perth Festival Lotterywest Films portion does. This time, it’s bringing a selection of seven French and Francophone films to the big screen. From the Palme d’Or-winning Anatomy of a Fall to the visually inventive EO, there’s something for everyone at this year’s festival.

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Read on to discover the seven French and Francophone films to see at Perth Festival 2024. 


Copa 71 (UK)

20-26 November

FRENCH LINK: French is one of the languages in this multi-lingual film. 

With a relentless pace and plenty of kick, Copa 71 makes it easy to get swept up in the excitement. Told by the pioneering women who participated in it and built from archives unseen for 50 years, Copa 71 is the extraordinary story of the 1971 Women’s Soccer World Cup, a tournament witnessed by record crowds that has been written out of sporting history, until now.


EO (Poland/Italy)

27 November – 3 December

FRENCH LINK: French is one of the languages in this multi-lingual film. It also stars French vedette Isabelle Huppert. 

Liberated from the circus after protests by animal activists, a grey donkey with melancholic eyes embarks on a journey through Europe that’s variously wondrous, mystifying and sometimes scary. Directed by legendary Polish filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski, this visually inventive film highlights mankind in all its madness.


Rosalie (France)

11 – 17 December

NOTE: This film hasn’t even been released in France yet! So we don’t have a trailer to share with you. 

The story of a rebellious spirit in a conformist society. Set in 1870s rural France, Rosalie tells the story of a young woman who is about to marry a man she doesn’t love. She hides a secret, a difference that she no longer wants to hide. Will Abel be able to love her when he discovers the truth? 


Starring Nadia Tereszkiewicz (seen recently in The Crime is Mine, and in Only the Animals at AFFFF 20202) and Benoît Magimel (he was in Jack Mimoun and the Secrets of Val Verde, Incredible but true and Paris Memories at this year’s AFFFF and also stars in The Taste of Things at Perth Festival Lotterywest Films).


Robot Dreams (Spain and France)

18 – 24 December

FRENCH LINK: A Spanish-French co-production with a French team of co-producers: Jérôme Vidal, Sylvie Pialat, Benoît Quainon.

A hand-drawn animated film set in an alternate-reality 1980s New York City tells the heart-warming story of a lonely Dog who decides to build a companion, Robot, through a mail order. Dog and Robot quickly become inseparable, exploring Manhattan and rollerblading in Central Park. 


However, a sudden incident leaves Robot rusted and abandoned on a beach. The film follows their journey to reunite, emphasising the value of cherished friendships, even if they are fleeting. Directed by Spanish filmmaker Pablo Berger, this delightful and dialogue-free animation, based on a graphic novel by Sara Varon, is a colourful gem suitable for the whole family.


Anatomy of a Fall (France)

1 – 7 January 2024

The winner of this year’s Palme d’Or, Anatomy of a Fall is a riveting portrait of a German writer on trial for her husband’s murder in the idyllic French Alps, with her vision-impaired son as the only potential witness. Featuring an electrifying lead performance from Sandra Hüller, this gripping courtroom drama puts a microscope on the complexities of relationships and the legal process.


This is Justine Triet’s fourth feature film, and follows the less-acclaimed Sibyl and Victoria both starring Virginie Efira.


The Taste of Things (France)

22 – 28 January 2024

NOTE: This film was only released in France this week!

A sumptuous and exceptionally well-crafted film that tells the story of two food enthusiasts who fall in love. Set in late 19th century France, the film combines mouth-watering dishes with a tale of midlife romance.


Directed by Trân Anh Hùng, it stars Juliette Binoche (who needs no introduction) and Benoît Magimel (who also stars in Rosalie at this year’s Perth Festival Lotterywest film festival). 


Banel & Adama (Senegal)

12 – 18 February 2024

FRENCH LINK: French is one of the languages in this multi-lingual film.

A breathtaking debut feature from Senegalese writer-director Ramata-Toulaye Sy, tells of the romance and struggles of young lovers against traditional expectations. Their relationship faces suspicion as Adama refuses to assume her deceased brother’s role as chief. When a drought hits the region, villagers fear the couple has brought a curse. 


Premiering at Cannes, the film is a lyrical exploration of folklore, fate, and obsession, set against a vivid backdrop.

These are just a few of the many great films on offer at this year’s Perth Festival Lotterywest Films. Which are you going to see? 



WHAT: Perth Festival Lotterywest Films

WHEN: 20 November 2023 – 31 March 2024 

WHERE: Lotterywest Films, UWA Somerville Auditorium, UWA, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley, WA, 6009 / Godroo

HOW: Purchase your tickets online via the links above

HOW MUCH: Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult: $20
  • Festival Club: $18
  • Concession: $17

For more events with links to France and the Francophonie happening in Australia this month, check out our What’s on in November.



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