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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. When WOMAD travelled to Abu Dhabi in 2009 it was an resounding success. Thousands of people came to experience the free festival and all that it offered. Thousands of people left after the finale firework display having been wowed by artists bringing music, instruments, dances and costumes from their home countries. They watched the very same artists sweat over a cooker to produce their favourite dish from their home country and participated in workshops led by those multitalented artists. WOMAD Abu Dhabi 2010 will be returning with all this and more. WOMAD Abu Dhabi 22-24 April 2010 WOMAD on the Corniche 22-24 April 2010 On Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th April from 7pm onwards the Corniche, a beautiful beach in the centre of Abu Dhabi, will be the setting for the free festival. Artists will be performing to an international audience throughout the night. Workshops and Taste The World will also feature at this festival. WOMAD at Al Ain, Al Jahili Fort 22-23 April 2010 The second event will take place a little way out of the city at the beautiful ancient Al Ain, Al Jahili Fort on Thursday 22nd April and Friday 23rd April only. It too will start at 7pm and carry on through the night. WOMAD Workshops WOMAD would not be WOMAD without its workshops. Artists performing at WOMAD Abu Dhabi will be will be leading workshop sessions every night at the festival, where audiences will be able to discover more about the artist, their culture, musical inspirations and the stories behind the music. Children’s workshops will also take place each evening of the festival, bringing young people together with professional artists, to explore the creative possibilities of a wide range of materials to make a fantastic array of costumes, headdresses, instruments and amazing structures, all of which will be displayed on the final celebratory beach procession on the final night. Taste The World Taste the World in Abu Dhabi will celebrate the rich culinary traditions, spices and ingredients of the Emirates and desert cultures, whilst bringing together a fascinating group of artists from Europe, Africa, India and UK to cook and share traditional dishes. Visit Taste the World for an experience, which will feed all the senses… WOMAD Beyond WOMAD in partnership with ADACH working together on an outreach programme for schools in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. In consultation with ADACH, WOMAD Beyond will be setting up a programme of work in a number of schools and cultural projects throughout Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Artists, who are experienced educational tutors as well as consummate artists in their own right will be brought in to work with the children. Through these artists, the children will discover cultures from across the world through music, dance, voice and visual arts. Please Note: Although it is unlikely that the event will be cancelled, or change dates or location, please note that WOMAD will not be responsible for refunding travel or accommodation costs should this occur. Please ensure you have travel insurance to cover you in these circumstances.


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