The 30th WOMAD festival in Wiltshire has been hailed a huge success. Sunday's rain failing to dampen spirits
From world artists to DJs, family drum workshops to fine cuisine, WOMAD kicks off for its 30th festival
The Womad festival will go ahead this year following an agreement on policing.
One of the region's best known festivals starts today. WOMAD is known for attracting artists from around the world to Charlton Park in Wiltshire. The three day event will see 106 artists perform from 42 countries.
Organisers of WOMAD, one of the region's largest festivals, are mourning the death of one of the headline acts, The legendary singer songwriter Bobby Womack died last month at the age of 70.
With three weeks to go before the event at Charlton Park in Wiltshire the team are deciding to replace him or do a tribute in his slot. Thousands of people are expected at the four day event which starts on the 24th of July.
Festival goers at the Womad festival in Wiltshire were forced to seek shelter from Saturday's downpour.
One of the West Country's most famous music festivals is underway.
WOMAD is known for attracting artists from around the world, including Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Columbia. And it all began at Charlton Park in Wiltshire.
Thousands are expected to turn up at the site over the next four days.
Laura Makin Isherwood reports:
Womad, the festival of World Music, Arts and Dance begins at Charlton Park in Wiltshire today.
It includes acts from Festival goers can expect an international line up including acts from Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Columbia.
It lasts until Sunday.
Children under 13 can go for free.
Reggae band Toots and the Maytals has been forced to withdraw from this July's WOMAD festival in Wiltshire. Frontman Toots Hibbert sustained a head injury at the River Rock Festival last month and doctors have advised him to cancel his summer UK tour dates because of the risk to his health.
It's been confirmed that two people died at the WOMAD festival.
A man in his 50s was taken to hospital from the site at Charlton Park in Wiltshire over the weekend but later died.
On Saturday morning a woman in her 50s collapsed, stopped breathing and couldn't be revived.
Neither deaths are being treated as suspicious.
It's the second day of the WOMAD festival in Wiltshire today [Saturday].
The three-day, world music event is celebrating its 30th anniversary. I
t features headline performances from Robert Plant and Jimmy Cliff. Licensing arrangements had been queried by police but the event is expected to attract more than 45,000 people.