WOMADelaide organisers have announced that the event will return to its traditional seven-stage format and the festival will also return to Adelaide’s Botanic Park for its 30th anniversary celebration from 11-14 March 2022.
There will be more than 100 performances across seven stages, the Planet Talks forum, KidZone, art and cooking workshops, the global village and more over the March long weekend.
“Since the first event as part of the 1992 Adelaide Festival, WOMADelaide has evolved into one of Australia’s leading large-scale outdoor festivals of music, arts, dance and immersive discovery. We are delighted to confirm that next year’s festival will be held in its traditional multi-stage format in Botanic Park”, said Director, Ian Scobie.
“Over three decades, WOMADelaide has presented an extraordinary range of eclectic cultural experiences both on stage and throughout the lush surrounds of Botanic Park. In the coming weeks we will reveal the first glimpse of the 2022 program, which will bring together past festival favourites and artists performing with us for the first time, in a fitting celebration of 30 years.
Cathedral of Light
The 60m long archway composed of tens of thousands of LED light globes, is inspired by the arched windows of historic churches and has been exhibited extensively internationally. Walking through Cathedral of Light is a euphoric experience as audiences are drawn out of the darkness towards the metaphoric light ‘at the end of the tunnel’.
Bush Mechanics: The Exhibition
This exhibition is an award-winning realisation of the acclaimed ABC TV miniseries first aired in 2001, that followed five young Warlpiri men as they travelled through remote outback Australia using ‘nyurulypa’ (good tricks) to fix and keep their vehicles running. The exhibition, developed by the National Motor Museum, embraces the light-heartedness of the original TV program that won over millions of viewers with a delightful mix of immersive technology, gaming and interactive screens, as well as one of the original cars, a Ford Fairlane painted with traditional Walpiri designs, explores the unique storytelling style of Warlpiri music, art and culture.
Kardla Paltendi (Dancing Fire)
The world-premiere commission is a collaboration between Kaurna man Jamie Goldsmith, his Taikurtinna dance group and installation artist Simon Hutchinson of Adelaide’s Nature Play event company Climbing Tree. Celebrating the re-emergence of traditional Kaurna fire practice, it taps into humanity’s fascination with fire and shines a light on Karrawirraparri (the River Torrens) and its reflection mirrored in the Milky Way. Beginning nightly with ceremony and live performance, large carved flaming pillars will burn from within throughout the night symbolising the eternal connections of land, sky, the material and spiritual.
A new high-tech work from Adelaide creative studio Pulsing Heart. This architecturally designed music-making playground, draws upon sensor activated music technology and with collaborations from leading Australian musicians it invites the audience to become the conductor. As people spin in custom constructed seats, portions of a musical score are activated with the whole track only revealed when each seat is occupied.
An organic sculptural installation from NSW company Barefoot Design in the form of a giant portal made of 160 natural bamboo combs shaped into a spiralling tunnel, reminding us that we are surrounded by, and inseparable from, the natural environment.
Adelaide’s world-renowned Gravity and Other Myths will present Process, a world-premiere night-time promenade piece of acrobatic, physical theatre tailor-made for the festival.
“While the ongoing international border restrictions mean that the program will showcase predominantly Australia-based artists, festival-goers can still expect to discover the diverse, global music flavours for which WOMADelaide is renowned.”
WOMADelaide for Families
WOMADelaide is extremely family friendly. Many of you may have grown up with WOMADelaide, and they love seeing the next generations of tiny dancers appearing each year.
A world of fun awaits in the KidZone with daily activities programmed specially for kids. From arts/crafts sessions, storytelling, explorations of Kaurna culture and amazing museum discoveries, to nature-play and interactive entertainment, each year KidZone caters for kids 12 and under in a fun, family-friendly and safe environment.
Eddie Betts is a proud Wirangu/Kokatha/Guburn man, a respected leader and positive role model. When he entered the Australian Football League at age 17, he was unable to read or write. Eddie’s personal experience with literacy challenges has given him a deep understanding of the disadvantage this can cause young people.
Eddie’s Lil’ Homies is a fun, educational series born from a dedication to spread kindness, awareness and inspire a love of learning! It encourages acceptance and equality, educating its readers about Aboriginal culture and celebrating and valuing its deep and rich history. Join Eddie in his kindness movement as he shares two stories from the series as WOMADelaide’s guest storyteller on Saturday and Sunday in KidZone.
Mirror Mirror by Patch Theatre
Mirror Mirror takes you into the heart of a disco ball and lets you flip the light switch, literally. Step inside an intimate dome where every surface is a gleaming mirror. Journey to infinity and back as you gaze into the present, check-in with yourself and get lost in a kaleidoscopic dream.
Climbing Tree’s Nature Village
Adelaide’s loved nature-playground creators transform KidZone into a stimulating nature-play oasis, filled with kid-sized woven huts, cubby building and much more, giving children the freedom to explore, create and reconnect with nature.
Uncle Stevie’s Kaurna Classroom
The Kaurna people are the original inhabitants of the Adelaide Plains and their culture and songlines enrich everyone’s experience of place. In honour of one of Adelaide’s great Kaurna educators, the late Stevie Goldsmith, Uncle Stevie’s Kaurna Classroom is a place where kids can have fun learning about Kaurna culture and language, with Kaurna educators, on Kaurna country.
Evelyn Roth’s Nylon Zoo
Back again with wondrous inflatable creations and masses of colourful costumes. Evelyn’s Spirit House, spectacular giant native-animal inflatables and wonderful storytellers will entertain kids after parading through KidZone as birds, butterflies, bats, rainbows, dinosaurs and other crazy critters – magnificent, colourful fun for all the family!
This year will feature, Pico and the Golden Lagoon, an enchanting adventure story about courage, new friendships, and the wonders of nature. Created from re-purposed and recycled materials, Pico’s Puppet Palace uses puppetry, live music and storytelling to connect audiences across generations. Each show is an episode of Pico’s adventures and introduces ecological and environmental issues, innovations and ideas.
Join Lakun Mara founder Sonya Rankine, an award winning Ngarrindjeri, Narungga, Ngadjuri & Wirangu artist, to create a collaborative woven sculpture for the KidZone. Sonya is an established weaver and Lakun Mara means ‘Weaving Hand’ in Ngarrindjeri language. The heart of Lakun Mara is weaving and culture that is strongly linked to cultural maintenance, survival and revival. Sonya combines the traditional Ngarrindjeri and Ngadjuri weaving techniques, as well as utilising various other weaving stitches and techniques for her woven creations.
The Yoga practice uniting ancient wisdom from around the world tells stories that guide audiences along an adventure trail with fun movements: hopping like a kangaroo, soaring like an eagle – unlocking hidden treasures that can make a big difference to our environment and ourselves.
South Australian Museum
Explore and celebrate music through play-based experiences including making musical instruments using natural materials and products; group and community demonstrations and performances; opportunities to explore and connect with the Museum’s Humanities collections, including Aboriginal and Pacific Island cultural materials.
Adelaide City Libraries Book Nook
The Book Nook is designed to create some down time during WOMADelaide. Children’s books, reading sessions, helping kids create stories with story stones and library demonstrations make this the perfect place to read, relax and refresh.
For more about what WOMADelaide is like for families, check out our review of WOMADelaide 2017
WOMADelaide 2022 will continue to operate within, and be guided by, the public health measures put in place by the South Australian Government and SA Health. As a condition of their COVID Management Plan, without which the event cannot proceed, all patrons 12* and over must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to gain entry. Patrons with Medical Exemptions will be admitted. *This may be revised as required based on health advice as provided on an ongoing basis by SA Health.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the WOMADelaide website.
What: WOMADelaide 2022
When: Friday 11 – Monday 14 March 2022 (Tickets on sale 11 Nov 2021)
Where: Botanic Park | Adelaide, South Australia
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