WOMAD 2017

....well, WOMAD, what can we say? Despite the rain and the mud you certainly didn't dissapoint!

 

It was a busy but wonderful weekend of drumming, dancing and singing; bringing the Ghanaian flavours to Charlton Park in Wiltshire. It kicked off with an interview and live Facebook stream on BBC Wiltshire where the One-drum boys held a mini workshop with some keen students:

 

Throughout the festival we met up with faces old and new, and even held a session with the Boomwackers in the amazing Chilrden's Area. The One-drum workshop was a chance to share some traditional music and drumming from our culture, and holding a full-to-capacity workshop in the World Rythms tent on the Saturday was an enormous success; people were literally spilling outside because they couldn't get in! We couldn't believe the response and the atmosphere was electric. Everybody took part either with or without a drum. 

The weekend culminated in a magical carnival procession where we had the chance to get together with our extended drumming family. The beautiful giant puppets that started in the Children's Area shined and danced in the sun that showed its face straight after a torrential downpour. It was a dramatic and beautiful end to the weekend and a fitting way to bring the whole Womad family together.

 

We have been lucky enough to be part of the Womad party for 20 years now. Every year we celebrate with old and new friends and what energy and magic is created is always unforgettable. We would like to thank the entire Womad team for making our experience so enjoyable, and we look forward to seeing you all there next year! 

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