Photos from WOMAD’s 30th Anniversary Festival, Wiltshire, July 2012 (1/2)

Flags at WOMAD, ThursdayWOMAD, The Open Air Stage, ThursdayThe lonely ice cream vanThe Gallopers at Carters Steam FairThe Paramount Chair-o-Plane and the Big WheelThe Excelsior Steam Yachts
Illuminated pinesThe blue treeFlags at WOMAD, Friday morningStiltman in the Children's Area at WOMADChildren's workshops at WOMADBird hats made by children at WOMAD
Blue flags at WOMADFloating flags at WOMADNarasirato at WOMADChildren on the WOMAD signGrupo Fantasma at WOMADThe Manganiyar Seduction at WOMAD
Clouds above the campsite, WOMADClouds over WiltshireWhite flags at WOMADRaghu Dixit at WOMADKeeping WOMAD cleanKareyce Fotso at WOMAD

WOMAD’s 30th Anniversary Festival, Wiltshire, July 2012 (1/2), a set on Flickr.

In the history of British music festivals — and especially those with an appeal that spreads beyond these shores — the behemoth that is Michael Eavis’s Glastonbury, with its roots in the free festival movement, may well be the best known, but also of great significance is WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance), the world music festival, founded by Peter Gabriel and five others, which began in Shepton Mallet in Somerset in 1982, and has since expanded to include regular events in Spain (in Cáceres), the Canary Isles (Gran Canaria), Australia (Adelaide) and New Zealand.

In the last 30 years, there have, in total, been more than 160 WOMAD festivals in twenty-seven countries including Abu Dhabi, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Sardinia, Sicily, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and the US, at which over a thousand artists from over a hundred different countries have appeared, entertaining over a million people. Read the rest of this entry »

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