WITH LESS THAN 100 DAYS UNTIL THE GLOBAL PARTY KICKS OFF, WOMAD 2017 ANNOUNCES ITS WORLD OF ART COMMISSION – JUST ONE PART OF A WHOLE WORLD OF FUN

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WITH LESS THAN 100 DAYS UNTIL THE GLOBAL PARTY KICKS OFF, WOMAD 2017 ANNOUNCES ITS WORLD OF ART COMMISSION – JUST ONE PART OF A WHOLE WORLD OF FUN

The countdown has begun; there are now less than 100 days to go before the global party that is WOMAD kicks off for four days of incredible live music, including the likes of psychedelic Swedish tribal punks Goat, Benjamin Zephaniah and his new music project Revolutionary Minds, South African legends Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Malian powerhouse Oumou Sangaré. But the incredible music at WOMAD is just the start, with loads more to explore over the weekend….

We are delighted to announce that this year’s World of Art commission will be with the Venezuelan artist Sol Calero. Working in partnership with Folkestone Triennial, she’ll be creating new work to be installed at WOMAD and then in Folkstone in September. With strong visual interventions in outdoor spaces, her practice references Latino culture and its exchange of influence with Western European traditions.

A buzzing hub of creativity nestled in the midst of the Arboretum is the World of Words with plenty to spark festival-goers imaginations; from the WOMAD Book Club, where all are encouraged to get reading and join in lively discussions with the authors themselves, to the Hip Yak Poetry Shack, celebrating all things spoken word with outrageous, brilliant performances by some of the best poets and wordsmiths in the business, and our fascinating bookshelf of Human Books with around 50 titles to check out, each taking the form of a half hour chat. A tribute to language and expression, everyone has the chance to indulge in a feast of all things wordy…and worldly.

It’s a world of adventure for kids at WOMAD, with the World of Children, providing a cornucopia of fun, creativity and exploration for all ages. This year’s nature-tastic theme, Earth, Fire, Water and Air provides the backdrop for activities galore for all members of the family.  We have arts and crafts making anything from a giant steam punk sea horse to fiery phoenix fun. Dance workshops, instrument making and playing, circus skills, den building, magical woodland walks, rocking out in your own band, and even tree climbing for the more adventurous mini festival-goers. Whether it’s art, drama, dance, music or simply curling up with a book in the storytelling tipi that tickles your fancy, kids and adults alike will be in their element.

Get your lab coats and science goggles at the ready as the Physics Pavilion is back, bigger and better than ever for 2017, celebrating science and discovery with plenty of mindboggling and brain-busting activities for festival-goers to get stuck into. The science hub, in association with CERN and the Institute of Physics, is jam-packed with cool experiments, lively discussions and hands on workshops where everyone from toddlers to our more seasoned WOMAD-ers can get busy and get thinking.

And if all that activity is making you hungry, the sumptuous Taste the World stage will more than provide, allowing punters to watch their favourite artists cook up a storm and bring a slice of their own culture to the mix as they combine food and music in a mouth-watering fusion of entertainment. Unique to WOMAD, artists combine their cooking skills with musical interludes and personal anecdotes in a delicious homage to their home country. For the first time this year Taste the World will also feature a range of children’s workshops each morning, ensuring that the whole family are able to expand their culinary horizons.

Across the site WOMAD is famed for its inimitable range of culinary delights; from sumptuous curries to the irreplaceable refreshment of an entire coconut WOMAD’s foodie offering is every bit as unique and enticing as its musical output.

There’ll be time to kick off those wellies and chill out in style, as the oasis of calm that is the World of Wellbeing beckons. With a range of luxurious treatments on offer including massage, acupressure and even outdoor bathing, plus daily yoga sessions and our extravagant Spa where festival-goers can indulge in a sauna and Jacuzzi session, this truly is festival bliss at its finest.

WOMAD was founded on its world class line-up of performers but with this feast of art, literature, science, food, family fun, health and pampering to add to that, with more to be announced soon, it’s truly one of the most diverse and vibrant festival experiences anywhere, and it’s all just 99 days away.

Full list of performers who’ve been confirmed for WOMAD Charlton Park 2017 so far;

Alsarah & the Nubatones (Sudan//USA) // Beating Heart (UK) // Benjamin Zephaniah and the Revolutionary Minds (UK) // Bill Laurence (UK) // Bixiga 70 (Brazil) //Bokanté (USA//Guadeloupe) Bombino (Niger) Bonga (Angola) Chico Trujillo (Chile) Eliza Carthy & the Wayward Band (UK) Emir Kusturica and The No Smoking Orchestra (Serbia) Goat (Sweden) Grupo Canalón de Timbiquí (Colombia) Gubi! Family (Namibia) // Inna de Yard (Jamaica) // Jamie Smith’s Mabon (UK) // Khmer Rouge Survivors (Cambodia) // King Gurcharan Mall and the Dhol Blasters (India//UK) // Kuenta I Tambu (Netherlands) // Ladysmith Black Mambazo (South Africa) // Las Cafeteras (USA) // Maarja Nuut (Estonia) // Malmesbury School Project (UK) // Meta Meta (Brazil) // Nomade Orquestra (Brazil) // Officina Zoe (Italy) // Orchestre Baobab (Senegal)// Orkestra Mendoza (USA) // Oumou Sangare (Mali) // Rajab Suleiman & Kithara (Zanzibar)// Savina Yannatou (Greece) // Shobaleader One (UK) // Ska Vengers (India) // Spooky Men’s Chorale (Australia) // Taiko Meantime (UK) // Tanzania Albanism Society (Tanzania) // The Nile Project (Egypt//Ethiopia and more) // Tom Middleton (UK) // Xaos (Greece//UK) // Zhou Family Band (China)

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