WOMAD stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance and gives its name to the internationally established WOMAD Festival, which brings together artists from all over the globe. The central aim of the WOMAD festival is to celebrate the world's many forms of music, arts and dance.
As an organisation, WOMAD now works in many different ways, but its aims are always the same - at festivals, performance events, through recorded releases and through educational projects, it aims to excite, to inform, and to create awareness of the worth and potential of a multicultural society. WOMAD Festivals are family-oriented, diverse and active musical events. There are also participatory workshops, where the audience has a chance to meet and learn about the visiting artists and their music. Special events for children, including organised workshops and activities, create an experience both educational and entertaining.
The festival location in each country is as important to its atmosphere as the music and dance that it presents. We work with many different visual artists to create distinctive decorated spaces at each festival site.
Since the first festival in the UK in 1982, WOMAD has held more than 160 festivals, creating events in twenty-seven countries and islands all over the world. It has presented more than one thousand artists at its festivals, bringing the expression of more than 100 different countries to a live audience of over one million people.