Adelaide again hosts WOMAD in March. This is a chance for an Adelaide audience to sample some of the best music that world can offer. With multiple stages presenting acts from around the world, the audiences are in for a treat. The dates for this musical smorgasboard are 6th to the 9th of March 2015. 4 days of around 400 of the top traditional and contemporary musicians, artists, dancers and thinkers from every corner of the globe. They will great food available for you to taste at the “Taste the World” cooking program. You will have the choose of 7 stages presenting everything from great music and workshops. There will be street theatre.
Resembling an Islamic Mosque from the outside and a Gothic Cathedral on the inside, Architects of Air presents their extraordinary luminarium Exxopolis, exclusively for WOMADelaide.
A dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring 10 metre domes lit with dancing hues and saturated colors throughout. For audiences, Exxopolis is transformative wildly stimulating, yet also calming, like a dreamscape where the outside world is forgotten.
Exploding in a procession of colour and dance against the setting evening sun, Artonik’s, The Colour of Time is an interactive homage to India’s traditional Holi festival. Choreographed dancers and musicians lead festivalgoers in a corybantic parade towards a finale of exploding colour as people throw brilliant rainbow shades of gulal powder in the air enclosing the crowd in a joyfully celebration of unity, acceptance and diversity.
Festival Director Ian Scobie said both are sure to be key highlights at the 2015 festival. “Both Architects of Air and Artonikare exemplary companies of the highest stature and to be able to present both within WOMADelaide is an heightened addition for the 2015 program.”
And this is just the tip of the iceberg, other artists include:
New York pianist – Thomas Bartlet
Sean nos singer -Iarla Ó Lionai
Electric blues harmonica player – Charlie Musselwhite
Boston born soul sounds of Lake Street Dive
Rock chanteuse – Sinéad O’Connor
Swedish sweethearts – First Aid Kit
As you can see from this short list there is a wide range of music to please all ears. As you can imagine there is a lot work that goes into putting together such an event. The organisation of artists from all over the world is no mean feeat. The time differences and the language barriers are just a couple of the problems. The companies supplying the technical gear need to make sure that the right gear is there at the right time, they need to be ready for any changes in line ups, instruments or the bane of all festivals – weather. These events need to be planned like a military operation, plans and contingency plans ned to be decided months beofre the event takes place. Risk assessments done, equipment booked, transport arranged. THe key to all of this are the people that the audience rarely see, the organisers aqnd the backstage staff. These folk need to be on their feet and ready to adapt to any changes as they happen. Without these people working long hours the audience would not have much of a show to see or hear. The sound, lighting, stage managers and the army of other workers are the true stars at these music festivals, so don’t forget to be grateful for all of the work they do to make WOMAD a success that it is.