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REVIEW: WOMADelaide 2015

RAD LIFE

REVIEW: WOMADelaide 2015

Emilie La Pietra

Every year WOMAD brings something spectacular to the table, and this year did not fall short of something amazing. Stepping into the festival is like stepping into another world. Bare-footed, sitting beneath a towering pine tree, and listing to music one's ears have not ever experienced, you have to ask yourself: does it get any better than this?

WOMAD '15 delivered an amazing array of artists, all of which offered a unique and memorable experience. This year incorporated notable milestones including Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club bidding farewell after almost two decades of bringing their magic to stage, while South African Abdullah Ibrahim celebrated his 80th birthday.

Image via This is Radelaide

Image via This is Radelaide

With the weather in check all long-weekend, Botanic Park was full of life. Each night brought the crowds to their feet with high-energy and fast-paced music by acts including Fanfare Ciocarlia from Romania, and Jupiter and Okwess International from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

With Mad-March in full swing by Monday night, WOMAD was still a chosen favourite. Audiences rocked out to Swedish sister-act First Aid Kit, while gaped at the wonder that is Sinead O'Connor.

The festival's roving artists and street performers are what made this year like no other. Artonik's 'Colour of Time' was the ultimate highlight, providing one of the most joyous experiences this year's festival had to offer. Dramatic dancers performed a hypnotic show, allowing bystanders to follow through the park until an ending celebration of an explosion of colourful powder showered over the crowd.

Artonik's Colour of Time, via This is Radelaide

Artonik's Colour of Time, via This is Radelaide

This year also offered an exciting addition, the remarkable art installation Exxopolis by Architects of Air. A towering inflated sculpture was placed in the park when lit by daylight, people could walk through and marvel at the amazing colours and beauty within.

Exxopolis by Architects of Air, via This is Radelaide

Exxopolis by Architects of Air, via This is Radelaide

Along with the ever-pleasing markets full of hand-made wonders and pieces from around the world, to another wonderfully delicious instalment of food stalls and trucks to satisfy even the most stubborn of them all, it's safe to say that this year's WOMADelaide was a raging success.