Dates: 26th – 29th July 2018
Location: Charlton Park, Wiltshire
WOMAD, founded in 1980 by Peter Gabriel (amongst others) was formed in order to celebrate the ‘World of Music, Arts and Dance.’ Their ethos is that through movement and music, people from all over the world can communicate and unite, lowering boundaries and fostering good relations. Since their first event in 1982, WOMAD have toured the world, presenting talents from all over the globe, and attracting thousands upon thousands of music and arts lovers.
The organisers resolved to stage nothing but the best musicians and performers, encouraging different acts to collaborate together – further emphasizing the union created through music. In their first year, the festival was considered to have been a commercial failure due to unforeseen issues with transport and numbers; however it was saved by the band Genesis, who put together a special performance that set the festival back onto the path of success that has brought it to where it is today.
Something very special about this event is that its sources for acts are truly unlimited; offering a plethora of sounds and movement from every genre and geographical location, it is a fascinating exhibition of what the world has to offer. As such, the kind of people that come to WOMAD cannot be categorized into even the slightest common taste or demographic. They do, though, have a great love of music and a resilient conviction that the powers of communal entertainment and pleasure can unite people of the world like nothing else.
This celebration of universal diversity does not stop at the musical performances; anything from workshops into the history and development of various types of music and musical instruments to constructive dance lessons are on offer; besides much more. There’re also stimulating workshops into story telling and comedy, and creative arts – as you can imagine, these differ hugely from place to place around the world and are utterly enthralling.
With such a combination of cultures and traditions, it would be madness not to bring food into it – so you can expect to sample dishes from all over; they even ask each musician to prepare a dish from his or her home country, in front of an audience. Artists, therapists, comedians, discussion leaders, stalls selling wares at the Global Market; this is an affair to interest, educate and inspire your awareness of the world you live in. World of Kids offers a wide-ranging programme of activities and entertainment for children, teaching them too to expand their understanding – and you should make the most of this, as kids under 13 can come for free.
The setting of the festival has moved several times, however its current location, at Charlton Park in the gorgeous Wiltshire countryside, is perhaps its best spot yet. With extensive parkland and a beautiful arboretum, this venue offers the perfect backdrop to your weekend.
WOMAD glamping, in such lovely lush surroundings, is the ideal solution to your accommodation needs. Purchasing a WOMAD glamping experience will allow you to access the boutique campsite, and all the additional luxury facilities this entails. In a secure and exclusive setting, you will certainly appreciate the comfort and style of well-appointed bell tents.