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  • ABRIEFWOMADHISTORY

    WOMADelaidebackground HistoryofWOMAD PeterGabrielbiography StudentFAQ

    WOMADelaidebackground

    OneofthemostsignificanteventsontheSouthAustralianartscalendar,WOMADelaideisathreedaymusic,artsanddancefestivalheldinAdelaidesBotanicPark.In2010itwillbeafourdayeventforthefirsttimeincelebrationoftheAdelaideFestivals50thanniversary.

    WOMADelaidewasheldeverytwoyearsuntilconfirmationinmid2002bytheSouthAustralianPremierand

    MinisterfortheArts,MikeRann,thatithadbeensecuredasanannualeventuntil2009.The10thanniversaryfestivalwasheldin2003andin2004onceagainbecamepartofthebiennialAdelaideFestivalofArtsprogram,asithadbeenwhenitbeganin1992.

    In2009WOMADelaideattracted72,000attendances(withover50%frominterstateandoverseas)and

    featuredover380artistsfrom30countries.

    PastartistshaveincludedGotanProject(France,FemiKuti(Nigeria),AshaBhosle(India,DaaraJ(Senegal),AlphaBlondy(IvoryCoast),Ozomatlit(USA),PeterGabriel(UK),ErnestRanglin(Jamaica),LosdeAbajo(Mexico),TotoLaMomposina(Colombia),BaabaMaal(Senegal),theDrummersofBurundi,YoussouNDour

    (Senegal),SheilaChandra(India/UK),GuoYeandGuoYi(China),ChristineAnu(AustraliaTorresStrait),FunDaMental(UK/Pakistan),JustinValiTrio(Madagascar),RadioTarifa(Spain),SalifKeita(Mali),JojiHirota(Japan),Shooglenifty(Scotland),thelate,greatNusratFatehAliKhan(Pakistan),AbdullahIbrahimTrio

    (SouthAfrica),GilbertoGil(Brazil),SavinaYannatou(Greece),OkiKano&theFarEastBand(Japan)andZakirHussein(India).Allup,almost500groupsfrommorethan100countrieshaveappearedatWOMADelaide.

    WOMADelaideappealstoanaudiencethatencompassesalmostallagesandbackgrounds;itsuniquelyfriendlyambienceandmessageofculturaldiscoveryandunderstandingmakesitoneofthenationsmost

    popularandsuccessfulfestivals.

    SetinthemagnificentinnercityBotanicPark,theactiononsevenoutdoorstagescomprisesperformancesandworkshopactivitiesandiscomplementedbyastrongvisualartsprogram,astreettheatreprogram,KidZone(freeactivitiesfor512yearolds),over100internationalfood,arts,craftsanddisplaystalls,five

    barsandmore.

    ThefulllineupisusuallyreleasedinNovemberDecemberintheyearbeforetothefestival.

  • HISTORYOFWOMAD

    PureenthusiasmformusicfromaroundtheworldledPeterGabriel,ThomasBrooman,andBobHootontotheideaofWOMADin1980.Itwasfoundedonthebasisthatmanyotherswouldsharetheirenthusiasmifonlytheyhadtheopportunitytolistentosomeoftheglobalsounds.

    TheideaforWOMAD(whichstandsfortheWorldOfMusic,Arts&Dance)evolvedfromanideaGabriel

    hadataconcertinvolvinganAfricangroup.Thisthendevelopedintoamuchlargereventincorporatingmusicfromallovertheworld.Despiteaconsiderablelackofenthusiasmfrommostofthemusicbusiness,theteamgatheredtogetheragroupofpeoplewhocouldcreateaneventwhichwouldpresentmusicand

    dancefromallovertheworldtogetherwithrock,jazz,andfolkmusicfromtheWest.

    Thefinancialrealitiesofaneventofthisscalemeantthataoneoffeventwasunreasonable,sotheteamstartedconsideringalternativesandthustheideaforafestivalwasborn.Thefirstfestivaltookplacein1982

    inSheptonMalletintheUK.

    WOMADfestivalsarerenownedfortheiruniquemixofartistsanddistinctive,familyfriendlyatmosphere.Thefestivalsareoftenweekendlongeventswithartistsprogrammedonseveralstages.AnotherdistinctiveelementofaWOMADfestivalistheprogramforworkshops;theaudienceisencouragedtoparticipatein,as

    wellaswatchandappreciatetheaction.

    Equallypopularistheglobalvillageofstallswhereyoucanbuyfoodforthebodyandsoul;music,instruments,clothesjewelryanddeliciousmeals.

    Formoreinformationseewww.womad.org.

    PETERGABRIELBIOGRAPHY

    PeterGabrielhasearnedaworldwidereputationforhisinnovativeworkasamusician,writerandvideo

    maker.

    Whileatschool,hecofoundedthegroupGenesis,whichheleftin1975.Hisalbums,liveperformancesandvideossincethenhavewonhimasuccessionofawards.

    In1980,hecollectedagroupofpeopletocreateWOMAD(WorldofMusic,Arts&Dance).Aseriesof

    internationalfestivals,WOMADbringstogethertraditionalandmodernmusic,andartanddancefromeverycorneroftheglobe.

    GabrieliscurrentlyanadvisorontheWOMADboard,whichisnowbasednexttoRealWorldStudiosinBox,England.

  • Gabrielhasreleasedtensoloalbumsandin1986,hisseventhalbumSowonhimhisfirstGrammy.The

    videosfromthisendeavourconfirmedhimasaleaderinvideoawardsever,includingSledgehammer,whichhaswonthemostmusicvideoawardsever,includinganumberonepositioninRollingStonestop100videosofalltime.

    Shortlyafterwards,heestablishedRealWorldStudiosinWiltshire,designedasanidealenvironmentfor

    performance.ItalsobecamethebaseforRealWorldRecords,alabelwhichisdedicatedtorecordingandpromotingawiderangeofartistsfromallovertheworld.

    Inaddition,Gabrielhasbeeninvolvedinabroadspectrumofhumanrightsandenvironmentalissues.HissongBikowasthefirstpopsongwhichtouchedontheeffectsofapartheid,andin1988and1990hewas

    involvedintheNelsonMandelaconcertsatWembley.HealsoworkedwithAmnestyInternationalin1988tosetuptheHumanRightsNow!tour,touringmanycountrieswithSting,BruceSpringsteen,TraceyChapmanandYoussouN'Dour.

    FollowingtheAmnestytour,heinitiatedtheWitnessprogramwhichwaslaunchedin1992inconjunction

    withReebok.Itsgoalsweretoarmhumanrightsactivistsfromaroundtheworldwithhandheldvideocamerasandothertoolsofmasscommunication.In1989,hevisitedtheUSSRtohelplaunchGreenpeaceandalsocontributedtotheOneWorld,OneVoicealbumacollaborativeprojectwhichfeaturesartists

    fromaroundtheglobe.

    In1989,GabrielcomposedthesoundtrackforMartinScorcese'sepicfilmTheLastTemptationofChrist,whichwasthebasisforoneofhismostexperimentalandinnovativealbums,Passion.Thealbum,whichinvolvedanextraordinaryselectionofmusiciansandvocalists,integratedseveralverydifferentstylesof

    music.Apowerfulconcept,itprovidedtheinspirationfortheBBC'sspecialistradioprogram,MixingIt.

    1991sawGabrielopenRealWorld'sdoorstoahostofinternationalartistsandproducersforauniquerecordingprojectinassociationwithWOMADandRealWorldRecords.KnownasRecordingWeektheaimwastomakethemostactiveandcreativeuseofthestudio'smanyfacilities.Thecollaborationofmusicians

    fromdifferentculturesproducedwhatisknownassomeofthemostdaringandexcitingworkrecorded.

    Forthereleaseofhistenthalbum,Us,in1992,Gabrielcommissioneddifferentvisualartiststointerpreteachofthe11songsonthealbum.TheseworksofartwerefeaturedattheBritishContemporaryArtexhibitionin1993andalsoataspecialexhibitioninJapan.UsearnedhimfourGrammynominationsand

    twoMTVawardsintheUS,plusawardsfromBRITandQintheUK.Thealbum'sfourthsingle,KissThatFrogwasthestartingpointforthecreationoftheworld'sfirstmusicandmotionride,entitledTheMindblender.DevelopedinassociationwithMegaintheUS,TheMindblenderprovedtobeapopular

    mixofridemotion,filmandmusicduringitstouroftheUSA.

  • April1992wasthestartoftheSecretWorldTour.ProducedbyGabrielandpioneeringCanadian

    director/designerRobertLePage,theshowblendedLePage'svisionarystyleoftheatrewithGabriel'spersonalsongsfocusedonrelationships.Itwasseenbyoveramillionfansonfivecontinentsandtouredfor18months.InNovember1993,theshowwasfilmedandrecordedinModena,ItalybyFrancoisGirardandin

    August1994PeterGabriel'sSecretWorldLive,thedoublelivealbumandvideo,wasreleased.

    InJanuary1994,GabriellaunchedhisfirstCDROM.EntitledXplora1.Despitebeingarelativelynewtechnology,XplorawasthebiggestsellingmusicbasedCDROMandhassincebeen.releasedforadditionalcomputerplatforms.Itwonmanymultimediaawardsacrosstheworld,includingthe1994BIMA

    Award,theSparkyfromtheinteractiveMediaFestivalandfourawardsattheDigitalMediaAwards.

    Inaddition,GabrielsetupRealWorldMultimediaandgatheredupanoriginalgroupofartistsandtechnologistsdedicatedtodeveloping,producingandpublishingnewmultimediatitlesthatopenupandexplorenewterritoryinmultimedia.

    AswellasRadioRealWorld,theofficialwebsitefocusingonRealWorldandGabriel,1996sawtherelease

    ofhissecondCDROMEve,withothermultimediaproductsalreadyunderdevelopment.In2002hereleasedhisfirstsoloalbumin10yearsUp.

    Formoreinformationplsseewww.petergabriel.com

    FAQSTUDENTS

    WhatistheestimatedeconomicgainthatWOMADelaidebringsintotheAdelaidecommunityeachyear?

    Seethesummarysheetonthewebsitehttp://www.womadelaide.com.au/info/gettinginvolved.html.

    WhattypeofeventwouldWOMADelaidebeclassifiedasbytheAdelaidecommunity?

    Itisamajorevent.

    WhatisAdelaide'stypicaltourismseason?

    Summertime,fromDecembertoMarch.

    HasWOMADelaidebeenacatalystforanydevelopmentoffacilitiesorotherevents?

    SomeexamplesWoZone(thenightclubthatran19992004)andtheworkshops(1)runbyCarclewfor5+yearoldsonsite;(2)ledbyWOMADelaideartistsforadultsonsiteand(3)ledbyWOMADelaideartistsinadvanceforprimaryandhighschoolchildrenattheGillesStreetPrimarySchoolarepartoftheconstantly

    developingWOMADelaideprogram.

  • AngusWattssilkflaginstallationatthe2001festivalwastheresultofanextensivecrossoverprojectin

    developmentsince1999withtheAnanguPitjantjatjaracommunityinfarnorthSouthAustraliaandanotherfortheMelbourneMuseumin2000.

    AngusWorkedwithmoreindigenousartiststodevelopanoutdoorflagsexhibitionforWOMADelaide2010,inassociationwithAdelaidesBetterWorldArts.

    ThefestivalopensupbusinessopportunitiesforAPA(astheeventmanager/producer),fortheartists(who

    havetheopportunitytodevelopcollaborativeworkswithotherartists),fortheartists'recordlabels/companiesandmanagement,forthestallholders(catering,crafts,information),forthemediawhoarerepresentedthere,forthecityanditsrestaurants/touristattractions...everyonebenefits.

    Isthereanycommunityinvolvement/volunteerworkintheorganisation,planningandorrunningofthe

    festival?

    Theeventisacommunityeventandishighlyanticipatedandembracedassuch(theaudiencegrowseachfestival).WeworkcloselywiththeAdelaideCityCounciltoachievethisandconductamajormarketingcampaigntoassistthis.Theadministration,marketingandtechnicalstaffarepaid,sometertiarystudentsdo

    secondments/placementsforthefestivaltogainexperienceegAIT,NIDA,VCA,Flind