Posted on 2 August 2019


The Guardian

‘In our era of walls and vocal bigots, WOMAD is more important than ever.’

‘Polyphony and Politics in global soundclash’ 

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The Times

‘More than any other festival, this all-age, all-cultures celebration is about opening ears.’

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Evening Standard

‘Worldwide sounds from an array of virtuosos’

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‘It all screams that anything is possible.’

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Financial Times

typically eclectic mix of styles, rhythms and nationalities’

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Arts desk

‘a gloriously defiant global music celebration’

‘This was a year of superb musical standards, smooth organisation and a real sense of celebration.’

‘This year, even with the new PM, there was a more defiant sense that the WOMAD spirit will prevail after the current nationalist neurosis blows off some steam.’

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‘a flawless and exciting fusion of world music and jazz’

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Music Ohm

‘…each year WOMAD seems to outdo itself, offering an abundance of opportunities to immerse yourself in a world of positivity, hope and inspiration’

‘In classic WOMAD fashion, barriers are dismantled and human connections are established.’

 ‘a festival that continues to dazzle, fortify and amaze.’

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Wiltshire Times

‘WOMAD has set the bar for festival litter after 100% of tents were taken home by festival-goers.’

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‘one of the best places for the musically curious’

‘one of the best organised festivals I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending’

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‘Women at Womad steal the show’

‘Womad’s programming embraces eclecticism, diversity and contemporaneity with relish.’


Taken from our social media channels


‘Fabulous music and wonderful people in a beautiful location – doesn’t get any better!’

‘Our family group ranged from ages 6 to 66 and there was something for everyone at all times.’

‘Fantastic festival, had a fabulous time. Lovely people, brilliant music, just perfect.’

‘Thank you WOMAD!!! My 3rd time as a disabled ticket holder and it is the BEST festival’

‘1st-time WOMADER. I loved everything about the festival. Friendly people and the staff were so happy. The music was phenomenal, the atmosphere was electric, the food was top notch…one of the best festivals I have ever been to!’

‘WOMAD just gets better every year. We love it. See you next year! Thank you WOMAD!’


Thank you to everyone that made WOMAD what it was this year.

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