Search South Australia x

WOMADelaide by Tony Lewis

What to see and do at WOMADelaide 2018

Sounds from around the globe will fill Adelaide’s beautiful Botanic Park from 9-12 March for WOMADelaide 2018.

Awarded best contemporary music festival at the Helpmann Awards, WOMADadelaide is Australia’s ultimate feast for the senses in Adelaide’s Botanic Park. WOMADelaide assembles a wonderfully diverse program of global sounds, sights, flavours and ideas. Over eight stages, hundreds of the world’s finest musicians, dancers and artists are featured alongside some of the planet’s great thinkers, Adelaide’s top foodies, makers and designers.

Get the most out of your WOMADelaide experience with the help of our guide.

Manganiyar Seduction, WOMADelaide 2018

Manganiyar Seduction, WOMADelaide 2018.


WOMADelaide is all about music and dance. Immerse yourself in sounds, sights and stories from every corner of the globe, including world-famous big-name acts as well as a healthy dose of local and interstate talent.

See our top picks below or the full WOMADelaide line-up.

Deeply rooted in the Indian Classical tradition and gifted with her father’s ability with the sitar, Anoushka Shankar returns to WOMADelaide to share her musical innovation and exploration. With a multitude of accolades including five Grammy nominations, Anoushka is a bold composer. She is also an impassioned supporter of women’s rights and social justice, which is reflected in her recent collaborations.

Sixteen years on from their worldwide hit Since I Left You, The Avalanches returned with a vengeance with their stunning 2016 album Wildflower; a heady psychedelic blast of sunshine pop and feet friendly rhythms. See the Avalanches weave their trademark tapestry of soulful samples, live vocals, captivating visuals and killer beats into one unmissable performance at WOMADelaide 2018. 

Blick Bassy is a traveller whose adventures are reflected in his eclectic and intriguing compositions, many of which feature the unusual combination of banjo and trumpet. A unique voice in African music, he cites American blues musician Skip James as the influence for his last album, Ako. See him live at WOMADelaide 2018.

One of world’s most respected DJs, Peanut Butter Wolf, founded the highly influential record label Stones Throw. A voracious record collector who started making beats in the early ‘80s, his passion for discovering new talent and embracing eclectic music, from rap to folk to funk, has had a positive and lasting impact on the industry. See him in live, in the flesh at WOMADelaide 2018.

One of the most dazzling contemporary dance companies in the world, TAO Dance Theater’s movements are hypnotic, repetitive and highly disciplined; a cohesive ensemble moving as one. In their exquisite works, choreographer Tao Ye explores and reflects on the human body as a purely visual form. 

Roysten Abel, whose intimate work, The Manganiyar Classroom charmed WOMADelaide audiences last year, will return for WOMADelaide 2018 with The Manganiyar Seduction: a visually and musically stunning masterpiece. This extraordinary work is like nothing you will have seen before, with 40 musicians seated and gradually revealed in a purpose built 'jewel box' staging to create a dramatic and astounding build-up of instruments and voice. Spanning three generations of Manganiyars, a caste of musicians from the heart of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, this exuberant and joyful performance is a celebration of life itself.

Thundercat  is the alter ego of virtuosic bassist-singer Stephen Bruner. In demand as a collaborator, he already has made his mark with Grammy-winning albums To Pimp A Butterfly (Kendrick Lamar) and The Epic (Kamasi Washington). He’s released three critically acclaimed solo albums, all of which are a heady mix of psychedelic soul, jazz, hip-hop and funk.
Mentored by Shane Howard and Neil Murray, and inspired by his father and grandfather, who both performed with Yothu Yindi, Yirrmal is the Youngblood (the title of his debut EP) of the next generation. A singer-songwriter, musician and dancer, Yirrmal is setting an example of living in two worlds and bringing a powerful voice to songs of his Yolngu land and culture.

Returning to WOMADelaide with their stunning brass attack are seven soulful brothers, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, sons of the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra trumpeter, Phil Cohran. Known for their joyously fresh blend of hip-hop and jazz, they’ve performed with Prince, Gorillaz, De La Soul and Snoop Dogg and their song, War, featured in The Hunger Games film’s original score. See them live at WOMADelaide 2018.

Raised in Portugal by her Cape Verdean parents, the charismatic Lura quickly moved from being a backing vocalist to centre stage. Determined to champion her rich musical heritage, her live shows are a perfect expression of the traditions of the island; from the heartbreaking and poetic morna to the exuberance of the upbeat, accordion-based funana music and dance.

WOMADelaide workshops

Taste the World cooking demonstrations.

Taste the world at WOMAD

Entertain your stomach with delicious food from all over the globe. You’ll find a huge amount of vendors all around Botanic Park, with a seemingly endless amount of mouth-watering meals on offer. 

Resident chef Poh Ling Yeow returns in 2018, heating up the Taste the World Restaurant with a mouth-watering six-dish banquet feast inspired by her childhood memories of Malaysia. This year, 15 WOMADelaide artists are taking part in the Taste the World cooking demonstrations, swapping instruments for cooking utensils as they introduce you to the food, stories and culture of their homelands.

Also new to 2018 is the Botanical Gin Bar, serving a huge range of South Australian gins including 78 degrees Small Batch Gin, Green Ant Gin, Ounce Gin and Settles Rare Dry Gin.

See a full list of food stalls, vendors and bars.

WOMADelaide Markets by Morgan Sette

WOMADelaide Markets by Morgan Sette.

The Global Village 

Representing Australia's talented makers and creators with an emphasis on ethical commerce, the Global Village is a marketplace of beautiful mementos including clothing and homewares as well as stalls run by not-for-profits including Amnesty International and Mutlicultural Youth of South Australia.

Peruse a wide range of arts, crafts, clothing and jewellery in WoMade – a design market showcasing the wares of local and international artisans. See a full list of exhibitors.

Gratte Ciel, WOMADelaide 2018

Gratte Ciel, WOMADelaide 2018.

Around the Park

The Planet Talks

Get inspired by some of the world’s greatest minds at the WOMADelaide Planet Talks. The Planet Talks are a series of live conversations about environmental conservation and sustainable relationships with the planet. The talks will take place at Botanic Park’s Speakers’ Corner, blanketed by a picturesque tree-lined canopy. Listen as experts discuss topics such as climate change, activism, economic growth and the media. The Planet talks will run on Saturday, Sunday and Monday afternoon. See the full 2018 lineup

Gratte Ciel

As darkness descends each night at WOMADelaide, the skies above Botanic Park will be transformed by Gratte Ciel’s extraordinary “Place des Anges” (Place of Angels), in a magically joyous aerial ballet to delight both young and old. Gratte Ciel (skyscraper) are a company who seek to fill the ‘empty space’ of the sky with high altitude circus; Palace des Anges is written by Pierrot Bidon and Stephane Girard.

Kidzone, WOMADelaide

Getting involved in the WOMADelaide KidZone.


Bringing the kids? There are fantastic activities for the whole family at KidZone including special theatre shows and story-telling workshops. Let the kids jump into action at Evelyn Roth’s interactive Nylon Zoo, or get immersed in the SA Museum Explorers’ Tent and Nature Village. See a full list of KidZone entertainment

WOMADelaide ticketing

Soaking-up the atmosphere at WOMADelaide.


Adult tickets start at $148 and kids under 12 get in free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. For more ticketing information, see the WOMADelaide website.
Related Articles