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WOMAD Workshops are heading to Northern Ireland for a four year WOMAD outreach programme.
WOMAD is in Belfast as we speak. Made possible through significant funding from Belfast City council's Creative Legacies programme and curated by Beyond Skin, an Northern Irish organisation addressing racism sectarianism through multi-cultural arts and media, WOMAD is proud to have been chosen for the exciting task in hand.
Over the next week the WOMAD outreach programme along with the excellent Ripton Lindsay will be delivering Jamaican dance workshops in schools within Belfast. The grand finale, what all the children will have been working towards, will coincide with with Féte de la Musique (World Music Day) at T13 Shared Space, Titanic Quarter from 10am-3pm. Ripton's dance troops will showcase their work here. The event is open to the public and free for schools to attend and take part in workshops on site.
We hope to see you there.
More details at www.womadbelfast.org
Funded by Belfast City Council's Creative Legacies supported under the Belfast PEACE III Plan by the European Union's European Regional Development Fund through the PEACE III Programme. In kind support from Dawsons Music, Premier Inn & T13.
Are you a visual artist, dancer, musician, puppeteer, storyteller or face painter? Are you interested in leading Children's Workshops at WOMAD this year?
We welcome proposals from all artists to lead workshops in our Children's Area. Every year at WOMAD we host a huge variety of children's workshops on site between 9am and 7pm. The Children's Parade on the Sunday is a WOMAD institution with the children's creations on show for all to see in the procession.
This year our theme is 'Floating and Flying'. We'd love to hear from people with proposals to animate the theme and make this year's workshop and final processsion even more colourful and vibrant than ever! Please email proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15th.
To get a taste of last year's Children's Parade click here.
To witness the Children's Parade at WOMAD this year click here.
WOMAD Foundation Residency in Malta in partnership with St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta.
29th April - 5th May 2013
The WOMAD Foundation is delighted to have been invited to the island of Malta, in the heart of the Mediterranean, to present a series of workshops, master classes and performances in schools, colleges and at SJC Centre for Creativity in Valletta. In partnership with St James Cavalier, we have devised a vibrant and diverse programme of activities for children and young people working with visiting musicians and visual artists including:
Brassroots (USA/UK), Siyaya (Zimbabwe), Ipercussionici (Sicily), Malarky (UK) , Ripton Lindsay (Jamaica), Dave Watts (UK/Tenerife) and Shona Watt (UK)
Artists and students will animate the streets of Valletta with music, dance and visuals on 5th May, followed by showcases from students and artists sharing their experiences of working together.
Watch out for more news on the WOMAD Foundation coming soon.
Do you want to sell food, trade your unique wares or promote a worthwhile cause in WOMAD's world-famous Global Markets? Then now is your last chance. The traders' form will be taken down from the website on Monday morning, so you have this weekend to get last-minute applications in.
WOMAD is famed for its extensive array of exotic foodstuffs and made a commitment to filling festival-goers' bellies with quality fare long before other festivals realised dinner at an event in a field needn't consist of a dirt-burger. We can guarantee you'll find food on offer at WOMAD you won't find at any other festival. If you have a creative culinary idea please get in touch.
INDEPENDENT ARTS & CRAFTS
WOMAD is a long-time champion of independent arts and crafts and our Global Markets contains amazing items you're unlikely to discover at any other music festival in the UK.
We're always interested in supporting worthwhile causes. If you have cause, initiative or charity that fits with WOMAD please get in touch.
To visit the WOMAD Global Markets this year click here.
WOMAD is set to return to the Spanish town of Cáceres for the 22nd time over the weekend of 10-12 May 2013. Described in the Guardian as "possibly the most authentically medieval and Renaissance city still in existence", Cáceres offers one of the world's more unique festival settings.
And one of the best things about WOMAD Cáceres? Entrance is absolutely FREE!
Both music stages are located in plazas around the ancient city, which is an impressive mish-mash of Roman, Italian Renaissance, Moorish and Gothic architecture. The main stage, which has seen sets from the likes of Ska Cubano, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Femi Kuti in the past, overlooks the Plaza Mayor, while the more intimate, smaller stage is situated on the Plaza San Jorge. Here, at times during the weekend, the square gets so packed that festival-goers scale the sides of the walls and hang off the window guards to glimpse a sight of the artists on offer.
Above Plaza San Jorge, the Centro de Exposiciones houses the children's workshops. Expect an explosion of brightly coloured paint, streamers, glitter and glue throughout the weekend in this area. And expect more of the same on the Sunday when the kids wind their way through Cáceres' ancient streets showing off their inspired creations in the annual children's parade.
Also expect to eat well. Cáceres is famed for its stews, roast meats, fried breadcrumbs, trout, pastries and honey. All of this, alongside local arts and crafts and other gorgeous gifts are available in the vibrant market on the cobbled streets of Las Valetas.
Situated close to the Portuguese border in Extremadura in Western Spain, Cáceres nearest airport is Madrid, which is a four-hour drive away.
As befits a city festival, there is no camping, but Cáceres offers plenty of accommodation for festival-goers. There are details about booking accommodation ranging from budget to luxury from the Cáceres tourist office here.
To be announced. Keep an eye on the WOMAD website for details.
May 10-12 2013
Entrance is free
Unique to WOMAD Cáceres
Storks rest in the city's rooftops in giant nests of twigs.