The final line-up for WOMADelaide 2018 was announced this morning and just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, it did!
WOMAD stands for “World of Music and Dance” and as its name suggests is a festival of world music and dance and takes place in Adelaide’s Botanic Park. This annual festival will next take place from 9 to 12 March 2018.
With more than 70 artists from all corners of the World, there is music (as well as dance and other artistic installations) for everyone. In 2018, in addition to local Australian musicians, there are also artists from France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Iceland, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica, Cape Verde, China, India, Mauritania, South Africa, Chile, Cameroon, Senegal, Mali, Zanzibar, Mongolia and Canada.
The origins of the artists is not the only thing that is diverse either. The musical styles presented at the festival are as varied as the countries they come from: drum and bass with DJ Marky from Brazil, folk, blues and Bossa Nova with Blick Bassy, deep groove with the Thievery Corporation from the United States to name but a few. More than just music, there will also be circus acts, dance as well as a spectacular awe-inducing aerial ballet performed by French company Gratte Ciel with “Place des Anges” which will take place high above the crowds in the beautiful trees of Botanic Park. As always there will be the “In conversation” sessions with the performers as well as the Food of the World sessions where performers will prepare their favourite meals while chatting with the crowd.
There are 12 artists that are French or from francophone countries:
- Cie Bivouac with Erica’s Dream (Circus) France
- Blick Bassy – France/Cameroon
- Constantinople & Ablaye Cissoko -Canada/Iran/Senegal
- Moussa Diakite & Wassado -Mali/ Australia
- Cie Pernette with “Commandeau” (Dance)- France
- Gratte Ciel with “Place des Anges” (Aerial ballet) France
- Le Vent du Nord – Canada
- Tinariwen -Mali
- Violons Barbares -France/Mongolia/Bulgaria
- Noura Mint Seymali– Mauritania
- Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band -Ghana
- Jojo Abot –Ghana
We will speak to you about the line-up in more detail over the next few months.
Buy your tickets – as always there are options for single or multiple days or even day or night passes as well as a pass for the entire 3 days and 4 nights. Children under 12 enter for free and there are always plenty of installations to keep them entertained.