WOMADelaide - Sounds of the planet 2008

Discover the planet’s rich sights and sounds at Adelaide’s beautiful Botanic Park during WOMADelaide 2008. WOMAD stands for ‘world of music and dance’ and opens on Friday March 7, for three days of adventure and discovery. The festival is densely and eclectically programmed with music, dance, workshops, street theatre, visual art, crafts and food from around the world. There is bound to be something there for everyone, no matter your age or interest.

Six open air stages each have an extensive line up of music and dance with over 400 artists representing more than 20 countries sharing their culture from diverse corners of the globe. The program includes new talent as well as established artists originating from Brazil, Uganda, Russia, New Zealand and many places in between.  To exemplify the diverse mix of sound, programming includes intimate duos and trios through to the 32 member ensemble of Murundak. Music styles include Gypsy, folk, traditional and classical music from a range of cultures, jazz, blues, roots, funk, soul, hip hop, rock and reggae to name a few. This is only the beginning of what is aurally on offer.

Besides soaking up the music, there is also a range of opportunities to be involved in artists’ workshops, the Speakers Corner, food tasting and more. Some highlights include a range of workshops run for children and young people at Kid Zone and in preparation for the Samba Parade. Uganda’s Pedson Kasume will run music and dance workshops while Tenzin Choegyal and the Tashi Lhunpo Monks of Tibet will teach folk songs, run workshops in meditation, sand art and can be seen in performance and creating their own sand mandala. Taste the World will have artists and other guests cooking up their favourite traditional meals to be tasted and tried out at home. Not to mention the Global Village containing over 100 stalls of international food, art, craft, educational displays and three bars.

When a rest is needed visit the Healing Village for a massage or sit in the shade of one of the park’s many trees, watch the street theatre program parade puppets, music and more or take in the sights of Angus Watt’s flags. By night La Compagnie Carabosse will create a fire sculpture at sunset to magically illuminate the evening.

WOMAD is conscious of its environmental impact and has been working on being a green event with the Global Village diverting WOMAD waste from landfills, recovering compost for the botanic gardens, offering free bike parking, providing a shuttle bus service for ease of access to the park and more.

For full WOMAD information on the line up, tickets, workshops, transports, etc. visit www.womadelaide.com.au

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