WOMAD stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance, expressing the central aim of the WOMAD festival – to bring together and to celebrate many forms of music, arts and dance drawn from countries and cultures all over the world.

The family festival has come a long way since Peter Gabriel struck upon the idea in 1980 and this year the event will feature over 100 artists on seven stages, with a full programme of workshops for adults and children.

As an organisation, WOMAD now works in many different ways, but its aim is always the same – to excite, inform, and create awareness of the worth and potential of a multicultural society via festivals, performances and recorded work.