A cacophony of sounds from around the world will fill Adelaide’s beautiful Botanic Park from 11 to 14 March as part of WOMADelaide 2016.
BY SAM SMITH
It’s a long weekend of song, dance and stories from around the globe, with artists from over 30 countries performing over an impressive seven stages. You’ll also find a range of informative environmental lectures, classy bars and lounges, and eclectic, mouth-watering international food vendors.
Song and dance
WOMADelaide is all about the music. Immerse yourself in sounds, sights and stories from every corner of the globe, including world-famous big-name acts: Sarah Blasko, The Cat Empire, De La Soul and the Violent Femmes.
St Germain – a multi-platinum selling French house and nu jazz musician is back in action after a 15-year hiatus from recording and touring. With an accompanying eight-piece band, he’s set to wow WOMADelaide crowds with electronic loops, percussive grooves and unique Malian rhythms.
Ajak Kwai is a name to watch out for this year, telling her moving story of exile, escape and starting anew though Afro-soul melodies, projections and poetry. Her show, of Cows, Women and War, is told in a unique mix of Dinka (South Sudanese), Arabic and English.
(Arguably) the world’s most recorded singer, Asha Bhosle, will be bringing her nostalgic, timeless voice to Adelaide’s Botanic Park this year. Featuring on more than 12,000 tracks, she’s sung anthems for Bollywood films since the late 1940s. Bhosle is known for her exceptional vocal range, singing traditional Indian ghazals, bhajans and pop songs with ease.
If you really want to expand your musical horizons, feast your eyes and ears on Tulegur – a modern nomad rock group, mixing Mongolian throat singing with traditional Chinese folk tunes and a hint of grunge. Lead singer, Gangzi, was educated in traditional opera while percussionist Zongcan specialises in grunge music.
Other standout acts include 47SOUL, Ainslie Wills, All our Exes Live in Texas, Alpine Alsarah and The Nubatones, Angélique Kidjo & The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, The Jerry Cans, Debashish, NO ZU and The Spooky Men's Chorale.
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.
Naomi Oreskes – award-winning History of Science and Earth professor and professor of Planetary Sciences at Harvard University.
David Suzuki – scientist, author of over 50 books and climate change activist.
Tanya Monro – South Australia’s Australian of the Year, South Australian Scientist of the Year, Malcom McIntosh Prize winner for Physical Scientist of the Year and Scopus Young Researcher of the year.
Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki – award-winning physicist, researcher, doctor, academic, author, public speaker, science reporter and ex taxi driver.
WOMADelaide - Botanic Park, Adelaide
Sit back and chill out at Electrolounge – electronic music from Datakae, Mortisville vs the Chief, problems and Zeequil pumped through Speakers’ Corner daily.
Become part of the show at a WOMADelaide workshop. From yoga to swing dancing, there is a wide range of workshops to take part in, all led by exceptional artists.
Catch a glimpse of the ever-travelling Acrojou – a constantly moving circular house, home to two acrobats, rolling around the festival grounds. A combination of fantastic acrobatics, striking visuals and hand-built props, the wheel house was developed over seven years by British dance company, Acrojou.
Fair Play Comedy’s chuckle-inducing gag mobile seafood stall will be delighting crowds with dancing prawns, animated octopuses and eager jellied eels. It’s a completely unique comedy walkabout show, sure to raise a few eyebrows.
The Miraculous Theatre Company’s eccentric English gardeners will be conducting guided tours of Botanic Park with a hilarious hidden agenda: to unravel the secret love life of plants. Follow Edward Green and Mrs Barbara Simpson on their bizarre quest to reunite seven male eucalyptus trees with their tall timber brides.
Sacrilege – a life-sized inflatable Stonehenge replica lets adults experience the joy of the humble bouncing castle without age-restrictions. Sacrilege was designed by Jeremy Deller, a Turner prize-winning UK conceptual artist.
Bringing the kids? There are fantastic activities for the whole family including special theatre shows, science sessions, dress ups, storytelling workshops and face painting.
Food, drink and vendors
Entertain your stomach with delicious food from all over the globe. You’ll find a huge amount of vendors all around Botanic Park, with mouth-watering meals from The Cajun Kitchen, Francesco’s Cicchetti, Papitos Pintxos, Byron Bay Organic Doughnuts, All Fired up Wood Oven Pizzas and Sweet Nectar.
Pull-up a chair with celebrated chef, Jock Zonfrillo, at the Taste the World Restaurant. Zonfrillo and chefs from Street ADL and Orana are cooking-up a storm with 28 dishes from around the world on offer. For just $40, enjoy a sit-down lunch or dinner session with full table service, wines and a rotating daily menu.
Wash it all down at the Coopers Beer Garden, Hills Cider Bar, or the Yalumba Terrace Bar, perched above Stage One.
Want to take home something special? You’ll find stalls from Ethic Spirit, Fingerprints, Frock Me Out, Hai Kimono, Natural Wonders Australia, Rare Earth Oils and Wayne Cuthell Designs.
TicketingAdult tickets start at $138 and kids under 12 get in free. For more ticketing information, artist list and bios, visit the WOMADelaide website