WOMAD, Charlton Park

WOMAD’s UK home is in Charlton Park, near Malmesbury, where every year, during the last weekend of July, you’ll discover a world without borders, a global fiesta of music, food, dance and art, and a place where everyone is welcome.

The first WOMAD festival took place in 1982.


World Record for The Number of People Playing Air Guitar Broken at WOMAD

30th Anniversary

WOMAD Charlton Park
WOMAD Charlton Park. Photo by Brett Payne.

The 2012 festival took place on the weekend of 27-29 July. It was the sixth year that WOMAD held its principal festival at Charlton Park and it was the 30th anniversary year of the festival worldwide.

Artists included… Alaev Family (Tajikstan/Israel); Ane Brun (Norway); Boubacar Traore (Mali); Buena Vista Social Club (Cuba); Dizraeli and the Small Gods (UK); Grupo Fantasma (USA); Lo’Jo (France/Algeria); Joe Driscoll & Seckou Kouyate (USA/Guinea); Narasirato (Solomon Islands); Peatbog Faeries (UK); Raghu Dixit (India); Sensational Space Shifters (UK/USA/Gambia); Spiro (UK); Terem Quartet (Russia); Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (Japan).

View photos of WOMAD 2012

Find out what happened at the 2011 Festival