We are incredibly proud of our workshops programme, offering free, all-day-long activities across Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Whether you are aged 5 or 85, get stuck into workshops hosted by artists from the main stages and a hand-picked selection of tried and tested legends that will have you singing, dancing, and drumming, plus so much more, all weekend. The workshops programme is a true reflection of the WOMAD ethos with workshop artists coming from all corners of the world to teach traditional skills from their home country. This year we are really excited to welcome workshops from Beatboxing to Brazilian Drumming and everything in between; the workshops will take you beyond the music stages to encounter your favourite artists.
Our two main venues to find workshops are called the All Singing, All Dancing stage and the World Rhythms stage which can be found on our map here. However, across the festival, you can find pockets of workshops, whether that’s in the arboretum for yoga or capoeira, a wood-carving session in the World of Wellbeing, or learning to play the Ukulele at Molly’s bar. To see all of the different workshop timetables, please download the WOMAD app which will be available closer to the festival.
If you haven’t been to the festival before, check out the workshop’s video from 2018.
This year, we cannot wait to see official world beatbox champions The Beatbox Collective who will deliver a masterclass in the art on Saturday, guiding festival-goers through an introduction to the infinite nature and combinations of beatboxing, the voice and the imagination before their big performance at Molly’s Bar that evening. At the other end of the voice percussion scale are Ta Dhom Project, whose sub-genre of hip-hop takes its influence from the rhythmic language of kannakol from the classical Carnatic tradition and will be showing us all how it’s done on Saturday at their interactive workshop. Meanwhile, Iberi Choir of Georgia will showcase their incredible talents to audiences on stage before bringing their hauntingly beautiful sound to the more intimate surroundings of their workshop, where everyone is welcome to come and give it a go.
Another artist WOMAD-ers can see on stage and then get tips from at his workshop is the incredible Brushy One String; hailing from Jamaica, the veteran musician will showcase his unconventional reggae rhythms at his workshop on Sunday before taking to the stage later that day. Other opportunities to learn weird and wonderful instrument-playing include an Indonesian Gamelan workshop in the round with percussive collective Kayai Fatahillah Ensemble, West African djembe masterclasses from Sidiki Dembele and Hans Sutton and Claudio Kron’s Rhythms of Brazil, bringing a taste of Latin American rhythms to the fields of Wiltshire.
Putting the D(ance) back into WOMAD is Reggaeton King and Master of Rhythms Leandro Charanga who will be performing a mass participation masterclass at the Open Air stage for the first time in the festival’s history on Saturday morning, giving everyone the chance to join in and learn the dance steps ready for Big Cuban Orchestra Akokan’s performance on Sunday night.
Other incredible dance workshops to get stuck into include Japanese hip hop and house led by Tomoko Shiba, Egyptian belly dancing with Michelle Pender & Majaz, traditional Aborignal Yolngu dance with Larry Gurruwiwi and Swing Patrol, who’ll be teaching everyone the Lindy-Hop, Charlston and Blues moves ahead of the Swinghoppers performance.
Check out the range of activities you will find in the workshops tents:
AFRICAN DRUMMING • BEATBOX SCHOOL • BOOM WHACKER • BRAZILIAN DRUMMING • BRAZILIAN FOLKLORIC DANCE • DANCEHALL • ETHIOPIAN INTERACTIVE SINGING • GEORGIAN CHORAL • GUINEAN DANCE • INDIAN VOCAL PERCUSSION • INDONESIAN GAMELAN • IRISH VOCAL • ITALIAN PIZZICA DANCE • IYENGAR YOGA • JAPANESE HIP-HOP • KOREAN PERCUSSION • LEARN THE GYIL MINDFULNESS • NIGERIAN RHYTHM & VOICE • NORTH AFRICAN BELLYDANCING • PALESTINIAN SINGING • REGGAETON • REGGAE RAP • SENEGALESE DANCE • SWING DANCE • TOGIAN DANCE • YOLNGU DANCE
See the full music line-up here.
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