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WOMAD celebrates 30th anniversary

More than 45,000 people are expected at this weekend's event Photo: ITV West

The Womad festival is hitting the South West once again this weekend. The music festival has been held on the Charlton Park Estate near Malmesbury since 2007 and this year is an extra special one for organisers as Womad is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

The festival welcomes people of all ages and all are welcome to go and enjoy music from artists from across the globe.

Paula Henderson who is responsible for booking all the acts for all of the WOMAD festivals around the world says that this year the festival is going to be “better than ever “.

The full line-up features around 100 artists from 40 countries performing over the festival weekend. There's also a full programme of adult and children’s workshops, a cabaret tent, fun fair, comedy, DJ sessions, as well as a huge market of world crafts.

Womad prides itself in its’ global outlook and the advantage of that is there is a global village of shops for people to browse round. 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.

Some of these countries include, Abu Dhabi, Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Sardinia, Sicily, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, UK, and the United States of America.

Some interesting facts about WOMAD:

  • The first ever WOMAD festival was in Shepton Mallet in 1982.

  • It was founded by former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel who went on to form Real World Records and record with many artists who perform at the festivals. Peter still takes a keen interest and attends the festival.

  • WOMAD is in the 2001 ‘Guiness Book of Records as ‘biggest International Music Festival.

  • Womad prides itself on introducing people to unknown artists from all different parts of the world.

  • Over the past three decades the WOMAD production team have put up over 3450 marquees, 60km of fencing and 7590 of WOMAD’s signature flags.

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