WOMADelaide set to bring global sounds to the city
06 March 2015
WOMADelaide - ‘the world’s festival’ and one of Australia’s favourite outdoor concert events returns to Adelaide this long weekend with an array of international, national and local artists.
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said this year’s four-day festival at Botanic Park offered an amazing array of world music.
“WOMADelaide is a highly sought after event in the South Australian calendar featuring some of the world’s top musicians, dancers and artists. With more than 400 performances over the four day period there is something for everyone,” Mr Bignell said.
“With artists including Neenah Cherry, Flavia Coehla, Youssou n’Dour and Sinead O’Connor all playing in the one location, it is an opportunity not to be missed.
“Adelaide has hosted this international event for 23 years and it continues to entice visitors from around the world. It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase Adelaide and regional South Australia and cement our reputation as a world class event and festival destination.
“WOMAD injects more than $12 million into our economy as visitors spend time in our hotels and restaurants and visit other key attractions in South Australia.”
WOMADelaide Director Ian Scobie said the festival had been embraced by South Australians and was a major drawcard for interstate and overseas visitors.
“Last year an estimated 45 per cent of the WOMADelaide crowd was from interstate and overseas and we anticipate this weekend’s event will reach similar numbers,” he said.
This year’s program also includes the Planet Talks series, street theatre and visual artists, the Kids Zone activity area, the Taste the World cooking program including Jock Zonfrillo’s new restaurant ‘Street in the Park’ and more than 100 food, retail and charity stalls.
An exciting line-up of guest speakers as part of the Planet Talks series include Andrew Denton, Dr Bob Brown and two of the world’s most inspiring environmental envoys - Simran Sethi and Syliva Earle.
"In 2014 WOMADelaide generated 50,000 visitor nights for the State and almost half of interstate visitors also attended at least one event at either the Fringe or the Adelaide Festival,” Mr Bignell said.
Further information on WOMADelaide vist the website.
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