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.
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.
The Womad festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The three-day world music spectacle in Wiltshire features headline performances from Robert Plant and Jimmy Cliff.
A last minute agreement on policing was reached earlier this week for the event, which is expected to attract more than 45 thousand people. Carrie Garrad reports.
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.
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.
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.