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1982 marked something of a watershed for music. Madonna released her debut single. Abba released their last. And it was the year that we first heard Michael Jackson's Thriller, the record that would go on to become the biggest-selling album in history.
Meanwhile, in a field in deepest Somerset, something else was afoot – the first-ever WOMAD Festival. And, like Madonna, Abba and Michael Jackson, the WOMAD name is somewhat culturally iconic. Indeed, 30 years later, the organisation is in the strongest form and rudest health it's ever known.
Ever since that first gathering in 1982, the spirit of collaboration and cross-pollination has been WOMAD's fuel. Back then, it was Echo & The Bunnymen sharing the stage with The Drummers Of Burundi. In the three decades since, it's always been conspicuous and, this year, that spirit takes many forms.
WOMAD is about so much more than the music though. 2013's festival will welcome back the Taste The World stage, where artists performing in the line-up are invited to present and prepare native dishes for audiences, occasionally using techniques not familiar to these shores.
Throughout the weekend children of all ages are welcome to join the festival's extensive workshops and activities in the World of Children. On Sunday afternoon all the wonderful creations are presented by their makers in the much loved Children's Parade, which snakes its way through the festival site.
Festival goers can unwind in the WOMAD Spa, experience the sights, smells and tastes of the festival’s Global Market or simply enjoy the vintage rides at Carter's Original Steam Fair.
See www.womad.co.uk or call 0118 960 6060 for further information and tickets.
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Venue: Charlton Park