World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) is a festival started in Shepton Mallet, England in 1982. Shepton Mallet is a small rural Town in Somerset, England. It is situated five miles (8 km to the east of Wells, and lies just England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland The festival was pioneered by Peter Gabriel and various others including Stephen Pritchard, through their interest in sharing and celebrating world music, arts and dance. Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950 in Chobham, Surrey, England) is an English Musician and Songwriter. A typical festival will include varied live musical performances, workshops, stalls and events for children.
WOMAD currently holds festivals in over 20 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, UK, U.S. and many European countries. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The last USA concert was held on July 27 - 29, 2001 in Redmond, Washington. Redmond is a city in King County, Washington, According to the Washington State Office of Financial Management's April 1 2008 estimate the city has a population The 2002 and 2003 USA concerts were cancelled due to the financial consequences of 9/11 and difficulties in obtaining visas for international performers.
WOMAD has pioneered the growing acceptance and enjoyment of World music by western society. The term world music includes Traditional music (sometimes called Folk music or roots music of any culture that are created and played by indigenous musicians The festival now draws crowds of over 80,000 people per event, and competes on equal terms with other mainstream western festivals globally.
Over the years, WOMAD has helped launch, boost or revive the careers of many world music (and other) artists, including the Master Drummers of Burundi, the Afro Celt Sound System, the Dhol Foundation, Ozomatli and the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The Royal Drummers of Burundi is a Percussion ensemble from Burundi. The Afro Celt Sound System is a musical group which fuses modern dance rhythms ( Trip-hop, techno, etc The Dhol Foundation is both a dhol drum institute in London and a musical group playing Bhangra music Ozomatli is a multiethnic currently eight piece band (although they have had as many as ten members and as few as six playing primarily Latin hip hop and rock formed in Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan ( نصرت فتح على خاں, born October 13 1948, died August 16, 1997) was a Pakistani
A feature of all the festivals are the flags, which are made especially for Womad, with designs being loaned to such festivals as the Glastonbury Festival, and such places as the Eden Project. For the classical music and theatre festivals co-founded by Rutland Boughton between 1914 and 1926 see Glastonbury Festival (1914-1925 The The Eden Project is a visitor attraction including the world's largest greenhouse
There are a number of regular festivals that WOMAD holds, such as (as of 2007):
They also hold one off festivals, such as Live 8 Africa Calling, part of the Live 8 concerts, and the Sri Lankan Festival of the Drum in 2005. South Australia is a state of Australia in the southern central part of the country New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island Spain () or the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España is a country located mostly in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Taormina ( Sicilian: Taurmina; Greek: - Tauromenion; Latin Tauromenium) is a Comune and small town Sicily ( Italian and Sicilian: Sicilia) is an autonomous region of Italy. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located The Canary Islands ( English pronunciation kəˈnæriː ˈaɪləndz Spanish: Islas Canarias, ˈizlas kaˈnarjas are a Spanish Spain () or the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España is a country located mostly in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. On July 2, 2005, a Live 8 concert was held at the Eden Project, Cornwall, England. Live 8 was a string of Benefit concerts that took place on 2 July, 2005, in the G8 states and in South Africa.