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WOMAD FESTIVAL IS...Family Friendly / Field / Multi-Genre / World
ATTRACTIONSBarsCircusFairgroundFood StallsKids' FunMarket StallsWorkshops
ACCESSIBILITYPA/Carer ticketsViewing PlatformsWheelchair access
WOMAD (World of Music Arts & Dance) Festival brings together a hugely impressive collection of acts to celebrate music from all parts of the world.
2016 saw 39,000 people head to Charlton Park, Wiltshire, to enjoy more than 200 performances by 90 artists from 49 different countries at WOMAD, The Worlds Festival.
Nestled in different corners of the festival site, each of the seven stages create their own ambience – from the archetypal festival experience with the Open Air to the laid back Ecotricity stage in the heart of the arboretum, and everything in between to take you from day to night.
The All Singing All Dancing Tent welcomes you with everything from yoga to Sabar dance lessons. In World Rhythms drum to your hearts content and hear the inspirational stories of the world’s best. In the arboretum, the World of Wellbeing offers an oasis of treatments, therapies, discussions, workshops and spaces to get away from the bustle of the main arena. And for those who fancy adding some luxury to your festival experience there is the WOMAD Spa or the increasingly popular La Di Da Loos.
WOMAD’s World of Art sees artists use the festival site as a giant canvas and the World of Words brings poetry, human books and debate to the festival.
The world theme doesn’t end with the music – WOMAD is a foodie heaven with every imaginable type of food on offer. There’s everything from Bao Buns to Ethiopian beef stew and Goan fish curry, Tibetan momo dumplings to authentic American Pit smoked Pulled pork and Jerklicious chicken, giving foodies and festival-goers the chance to discover and eat their way around the world in just one weekend.
Standard camping and parking is free of charge with weekend tickets, while various glamping options are also available. The festival welcomes families, and there is no charge for children aged 13 and under.
The dedicated kids zone World of Children will be bursting with things to see, hear and do. The theme of Brazilian Carnival will bring a splash of colour to the Children’s Parade, one of the festival highlights.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Benjamin Zephaniah, Emir Kusturica
Shobaleader One, Alsarah & The Nubatones, Bokanté, Bombino, Chico Trujillo, Grupo Canalón de Timbiquí, Jamie Smith's Mabon, Khmer Rouge Survivors, Maarja Nuut, The Nile Project, Nomade Orquestra, Rajab Suleiman & Kithara, Savina Yannatou, Spooky Men's Chorale, Tom Middleton, Zhou Family Band