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Festivals: WOMAD

Posted on Thu, Apr 18th, 2019

WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) is an international arts festival, founded by English rock musician Peter Gabriel with Thomas Brooman, Bob Hooton, Mark Kidel, Stephen Pritchard, Martin Elbourne, and Jonathan Arthur. The central aim of WOMAD is to celebrate the world’ many forms of music, arts and dance. The first WOMAD festival was held in Shepton Mallet, UK in 1982. Gabriel and his company funded WOMAD, faced financial ruin from high costs of the festival in its very first year, but at the suggestion of Tony Smith, the manager of Gabriel and Genesis, they agreed to play together for a single show, thus rescuing the company and enabling further WOMAD events to take place. Since 1982, WOMAD started traveling to other parts of the world, bringing artists to various locations and entertaining over one million people.

WOMAD has always presented music of excellent taste, passion and individuality, regardless of genre or location. It encourages collaboration amongst artists who are invited to perform. The first WOMAD festival held in 1982 saw collaboration of Echo and the Bunnymen and Drummers of Burundi, and in 2010, WOMAD Abu Dhabi saw a collaboration between Tinariwen, boho chic. Fishermen pants, a bit of tie and dye and a crazy straw hat are a good set to wear to WOMAD. Pack a sunscreen as well and, possibly, a jacket for the evening. Loose fitting sleeveless tops paired with hippie accessories. Denim shorts, gladiator sandals and sunglasses are a good ensemble. Short floral dresses, co-ordinates and short skirts are good options as well. For some great boho chic dresses visit

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