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Wiltshire's WOMAD festival gets underway

The festival is being held in Charlton Park in Wiltshire until Sunday. Credit: ITV News West Country

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 star out of WOMAD after being bottled

Toots and the Maytals performing in New Orleans last October Credit: Craig Mulcahy/ABACAUSA.COM

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.

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Day 2 of WOMAD festival

It's the second day of the WOMAD festival in Wiltshire today. Credit: ITV West

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.

WOMAD Festival is underway

People are arriving for the 30th Womad festival in Malmesbury in Wiltshire.

Around 35000 people are expected over the 3 day event at Charlton Park.

It's the 30th anniversary of WOMAD in the UK. Credit: ITV West

WOMAD - World of Music, Arts and Dance - brings together artists from all over the globe.

The central aim of the WOMAD festival is to celebrate the world's many forms of music, arts and dance.

The sun is shining and there's not a pair of Wellies in sight! Credit: ITV West

Since the first festival in the UK in 1982, WOMAD has held more than 160 festivals, creating events in 27 countries and islands all over the world.

The festival at Charlton Park is a 3 day event from Friday to Monday. Credit: ITV West
There's even a spa! Offering all sorts of treatments. Swimming costumes are essential this year after some took relaxing too far in 2011. Credit: ITV West
Still room for a few more tents! Credit: ITV West
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