Bohemian spirits all around Adelaide are rejoicing as our renowned WOMAD festival draws ever closer. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, the festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually and plays host to artists from all around the world. Today WOMADelaide released its third and final program announcement for this year, adding an extra 20 acts to an already incredible lineup. Highlights from today’s release include:
Orquesta Típica Fernández Fierro
Hailing from Argentina, this dynamic 12-piece ensemble has been redefining the Tango scene since forming in 2001. Known for their unruly on-stage presence and intensely passionate take on Tango, this is one lively act you won’t want to miss.
When three musical geniuses come together, the result can only be magical. This 9-piece musical project was developed by Grammy award-winners Michael League, Chris McQueen and Bob Lanzetti. The tremendously talented musicians in Bokanté hail from four different continents, and the ensemble’s debut album defies genre norms, incorporating everything from folk-style Caribbean music to blues stomps that are reminiscent of Zeppelin.
Making her WOMAD debut this year, Childs has received Emmy Awards and Grammy nominations for her distinctive voice and truly powerful lyrics. The Australian-American singer has collaborated with the likes of Peter Gabriel and Al Green, and in recent years has become a campaigner in the fight to end violence against women.
This announcement boasts many other international highlights including Icelandic techno duo Kiasmos, American DJ Rahaan and Spain’s Fuel Fandango, who are known for their fusion of Flamenco and electronica.
Of course, we can’t forget about the homegrown Aussie talent either. Today’s release adds many Australian artists to the lineup, including the ARIA award-winning Montaigne, Darwin born singer Caiti Baker, and Adelaide’s own Jesse Davidson, MANE, Aaron Thomas and Kelly Menhennett.
Other important additions to the lineup include respected Indigenous elder Uncle Jack Charles, who has been dubbed the ‘Godfather of Indigenous Theatre’. He’ll be joining Archie Roach for an Artist In Conversation session, Healing & Empowerment Through the Arts. There’ll also be nightly screenings of Allegoria Sacra by acclaimed Russian collective AES + F, and performances from French street theatre company Cie Ekart.
Director Ian Scobie has commented on these tremendous additions to an already stellar lineup; “The addition of these extraordinary artists from as far afield as Argentina, Israel, Honduras, Iceland and Guadeloupe means that WOMADelaide’s 25th anniversary will bring artists from 31 countries to our wonderful audiences in Botanic Park for one of the most exciting and diverse programs we’ve ever been able to present. It truly is ‘the world’s festival’.”
WOMAD comes to Botanic park from the 10th-13th of March – get a ticket here.
Header image via WOMAD's website.