WOMADelaide – World Music, Arts and Dance Festival hits Adelaide
International Women’s Day celebrations will continue in Adelaide this weekend at the WOMADdelaide Arts and Music Festival.
The 4 day festival will showcase arts, music, and performance from around the globe in the heart of Adelaide’s Botanic Park. Many international artists will take centre stage at the annual event including outstanding female performers, Dayme Arocena and Anoushka Shankar. Australian duo, The Avalanches, are a headlining act this year and are set to be a crowd favourite with their iconic psychedelic sounds and soulful vocals.
For all aspiring dancers and musicians, be sure to check out The Artist in Conversation and workshops. Artists including Bulgarian singers, Eva Quartet will be holding dance and music classes for those looking to immerse themselves in the performances.
If the incredible lineup of diverse musical performers wasn’t enticing enough, the festival also features a variety of other activities including Planet Talks and live conversations about sustainability. Vogue Australia’s Sustainability Editor-at-Large, Clare Press, is among the influential speakers, discussing her critically acclaimed book, Wardrobe Crisis.
When travelling from one stage to another make sure to stop by the Festival’s diverse art installations. Explore the maze at The Architecture of Air’s immersive Arboria or wander through the ever-changing large-scale photographic portraits created by Heather Ackroyd & Dan Harvey, in the etheral gallery.
The festival starts today until 12 March 2018.
Check out some of this Festival’s headling events!
This young Afro-Cuban artist was dubbed at The Guardian as “Cuba’s finest vocalist”. Dayme Arocena soulful rhythms and jazzy beats are perfect for the relaxed atmosphere of the Festival. Watch her performance or join her workshop about Cuban rhythms, roots, and dancing.
Talented Israeli artist, Anoushka Shankar, is a five-time Grammy nominated composer. With many festival performances to her name, including the high regarded Glastonbury festival, she is a crowd favourite amongst all ages. Her trademark sound of the traditional sitar makes her a stand out performer not to be missed.
Bedouine recently supported Fleet Foxes during their America Tour but has taken the spotlight this festival to perform songs from her new self-titled album. Born in Syria, raised in Saudi Arabia then later living in the US, Bedouine’s music takes on a dynamic mix of cultures and formulates a hypnotic performance.
The Architecture of Air’s immersive experience Arboria
Written and directed by Pierrot Bidon and Stéphane Girard, this eerie and magnificent performance is unmissable. “Place des Anges,” or the Place of Angels, transforms the Botanic Park into a magical world of aerial ballet, spectacular acrobatic movements, and powerful music.