WOMADelaide 2018 | 9 to 12 March 2018
Over the March long weekend in Adelaide, WOMADelaide returns again to the green oasis of Adelaide’s stunning Botanic Park. WOMADelaide is one of Australia’s iconic festivals and is an award-winning celebration of the very best of the World of Music, Arts & Dance.
WOMADelaide presents the world’s best artists, thinkers, dancers and creators in a celebration of music, tolerance, goodwill, cultural curiosity and joy.
Over 4 unforgettable days and nights, Adelaide’s glorious Botanic Park hosts a journey of remarkable performances by over 400 of the world’s top traditional and contemporary musicians, artists, dancers and thinkers from every corner of the globe.
The entertainment for WOMADelaide 2018 features:
- Music and Dance
- Around the Park
- The Planet Talks
The programme lineup for WOMADelaide 2018
This year among the sea of global artists you’ll see:
- A Bit na Ta (Papua New Guinea/Australia)
- Adrian Sherwood (UK)
- Anoushka Shankar (India/UK)
- Architects of Air (UK)
- The Avalanches (Australia)
- Baker Boy (Australia)
- Bashka (Australia/Turkey)
- Bedouine (USA/Syria)
- Bixiga 70 (Brazil)
- Blick Bassy (Cameroon/France)
- Chico Trujillo (Chile)
- Constantinople & Ablaye Cissoko (Canada/Iran/Senegal)
- Dan Sultan (Australia)
- Daymé Arocena (Cuba)
- Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier (Australia)
- Didirri (Australia)
- DJ Marky (Brazil)
- Dustyesky (Australia)
- Elephant Sessions (Scotland)
- Eva Quartet (Bulgaria)
- Ghana Shbeir (Lebanon)
- Gogol Bordello (USA)
- Hana & Jessie-Lee’s Bad Habits (Australia)
- Hat Fitz & Cara (Ireland/Australia)
- Havana Meets Kingston (Cuba / Jamaica)
- Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (USA)
- Jazz Party (Australia)
- Jojo Abot (Ghana)
- Kamasi Washington (USA)
- Kings & Associates (Australia)
- Le Vent du Nord (Canada)
- Lura (Cape Verde)
- Mama Kin Spender (Australia)
- The Manganiyar Seduction (India)
- Mission Songs Project (Australia)
- Moussa Diakité & Wassado (Mali/Australia)
- My Bubba (Iceland/Sweden)
- Nai Palm (Australia)
- Nano Stern (Chile)
- Naomi Keyte (Australia)
- Nickodemus (USA)
- Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritania)
- Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (Ghana)
- Peanut Butter Wolf (USA)
- POW! Negro (Australia)
- Rahim AlHaj Trio (Iraq)
- Rajab Suleiman & Kithara (Zanzibar)
- REMI x SAMPA (Australia)
- Rodrigo y Gabriela (Mexico)
- San Lazaro (Australia)
- Tank and The Bangas (USA)
- TAO Dance Theatre (China)
- Tex, Don & Charlie (Australia)
- Thievery Corporation (USA)
- Thundercat (USA)
- Tinariwen (Mali)
- Victoria Hanna (Israel)
- Violons Barbares (France / Mongolia / Bulgaria)
- Welcome to Country (Australia)
- Yellow Blue Bus (Australia)
- YID! (Australia)
- Yirrmal & the Miliyawutj (Australia)
Visit the WOMADelaide 2018 website for more updates and the WOMADelaide 2018 day schedule
Around the Park at WOMADelaide 2018
Not everything happens on a stage – look out for some surprises as you make your way around Botanic Park.
Architects of Air (UK)
The Architects of Air team returns to WOMADelaide after three years, with a new inflated luminarium to explore and (hopefully) lose yourself in.
Arboria is an immersive installation where you can wander through treelike structures which give rise to Gothic architectural references, experience the sounds of an Ecuadorian cloud forest and melt into an ever changing landscape of light and colour.
Gratte Ciel (France) “Place des Anges”
Written and directed by Pierrot Bidon and Stéphane Girard
As darkness descends each night at WOMADelaide, the skies above Botanic Park will be transformed by Gratte Ciel’s extraordinary “Place des Anges” (Place of Angels), in a magically joyous aerial ballet to delight both young and old.
Gratte Ciel (skyscraper) are a company who seek to fill the ‘empty space’ of the sky with high altitude circus. With dance and movement that evokes ‘aerial poetry’, Place des Anges, created by Stéphane Girard and the late Pierrot Bidon – founder of the ground breaking circus Archaos – brings together a team of highly skilled technicians, climbers, circus performers and dancers, to create a truly unique high-altitude aerial spectacle.
As night falls, Gratte Ciel’s mischievous Angels will appear high above the treetops of Botanic Park, unfurling a playful wonderland of fabulous music, spectacular acrobatic scenes, and aerial theatrics to charm and inspire the audience below. Softly cascading feathers will gradually trickle from the swirling figures of our ethereal and irreverent Angel friends, as they dance amongst the stars and descend to play with the audience far below!
KidZone at WOMADelaide 2018
Look for the giant coloured letters spelling “WOMAD” – it’s your gateway to FREE kids activities!
For over two decades KidZone has been the ultimate family-friendly festival hub featuring FREE entertainment, activities, stories, adventure and discovery for kids 12 years and under.
KidZone is much more than just a place to keep the kids happy. It’s a destination where thousands of grown-ups began their WOMAD love affair and a place where the new generation of lifelong WOMAD memories begin.
Appearing as part of the WOMADelaide “Story Time” series in KidZone, Justine Clarke is a best-selling children’s singer, accomplished children’s author, acclaimed film and TV star, seasoned stage actor and a much-loved, reassuring presence on TV institution, Play School.
The Nature Village returns to KidZone in 2018 with new amazing creations from Climbing Tree, Adelaide’s respected Nature Play events experts. Featuring a collection of whimsical woven huts and natural exploratory elements, the Nature Village will transport children into a world of wonder and imagination.
For more about what WOMADelaide is like for families, check out our review of WOMADelaide 2017
For more information please visit the WOMADelaide website and Facebook page.
What: WOMADelaide 2018
When: Friday 9 March to Monday 12 March 2018
Where: Botanic Park | Frome Rd, Adelaide
Who: Arts & Music Fans
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Image Credits: WOMADelaide website & Play & Go
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