The World of Art – WOMAD 2022

Posted on 13 April 2022

Have you ever wanted to go to the moon? Or see exactly what it would look like if you travelled those 238,855 miles to its surface?

Thanks to the World of Art at WOMAD 2022 you can! This year we welcome Luke Jerram’s touring art work “The Museum of the Moon” to the Secret Forest; a 7m diameter internally lit sphere that has perfect images of the surface taken by a NASA satellite.

We are celebrating this amazing installation with a performance programme by the light of the moon each night for everyone who likes a little lunar love in their life; poetry, astrophysics, star-gazing and the Lullaby Sonic Cradle project by musicians Supriya Nagarajan and Duncan Chapman. Take a look at the WOMAD 2022 app for the full programme.

Photograph by Robert Sils

Luke Jerram’s stunning Museum of the Moon Art Installation at this year’s festival is to be accompanied by an immersive sonic experience. British-Bahraini musician and composer Yazz Ahmed has created ‘The Moon Has Become’, a sound work inspired by the ethos behind WOMAD which will transport the listener to space. Yazz Ahmed’s work seeks to blur the lines between jazz and electronic sound design, bringing together the sounds of her mixed heritage in what has been described as ‘psychedelic Arabic jazz, intoxicating and compelling’. Yazz will also be performing with her 11 piece band at the festival, where you will be able to hear the piece she has developed for the PRS New Music Biennial, This sound work includes voices of our festival goers who were invited to read a quote from a poem by 13th Century mystic and poet Rumi. We had recordings in English, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, Greek, Mauritian Creole, Finnish, Turkish, Scottish Gaelic, Cornish, Spanish and French. These has been woven into Yazz’s recorded and live pieces.

For a taste of what’s in store you can hear Yazz Ahmed’s work performed in Coventry this April and at the Southbank Centre in July. Find out more information here.

You can find out more about Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon here.

Photograph by Seb JJ Peters

Header image of The Museum of the Moon is by  Phillipe Constant.