Womad

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Womad 1985: the qawwali star invokes rapture
Revellers on Essex’s Mersea Island were transfixed by the sheer spiritual power of Khan’s first performance outside south Asia

Ammar Kalia

15, Jul, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Womad 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic
Festival co-founder Peter Gabriel said many artists billed to play this year’s festival have pledged to return in 2021

Laura Snapes

08, Apr, 2020 @12:13 PM

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Ustad Saami’s ‘mind-boggling’ album God Is Not a Terrorist: ‘It’s superhuman’
The 76-year-old music virtuoso released his first record last year. He’s the last surviving practitioner of a 13th century tradition at risk of dying with him

Janine Israel

02, Mar, 2020 @4:30 PM

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Womad festival review – polyphony and politics in global soundclash
Septuagenarians shone at the 37th edition of the globe-trotting music festival, that also subtly railed against Brexit with quirky European talent

Robin Denselow

30, Jul, 2019 @8:36 AM

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'So flawed and problematic': why the term 'world music' is dead
Artists, record labels and even this month’s Womad festival agree that the term is outdated. Is there a better way to market music from across the globe?

Ammar Kalia

24, Jul, 2019 @9:00 AM

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Alan James obituary
Maverick concert programmer and manager with an impressively eclectic taste in music

Robin Denselow

16, Apr, 2019 @12:45 PM

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Womadelaide 2019: Christine and the Queens dazzles amid smorgasbord of sound
More than 75 acts performed over four packed days in a world music festival that continues to push boundaries and open hearts

Janine Israel

12, Mar, 2019 @12:17 AM

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Womad festival struggling to book artists due to Brexit uncertainty
World music festival director says acts worry they will face visa problems this summer

Sarah Marsh

28, Feb, 2019 @10:00 AM

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UK festival directors demand end to ‘overly complex’ visa process
Leading figures from arts, music and culture call for government reforms

Sian Cain

21, Aug, 2018 @6:36 PM

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Visa refusals starve UK’s arts festivals of world talent | Letters
Letters: Directors of some of Britain’s international festivals warn that artists are being deterred from coming to the UK because of Home Office visa application procedures

Letters

21, Aug, 2018 @4:49 PM

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UK refuses visas for a dozen Edinburgh book festival authors
Festival director Nick Barley says ‘humiliating’ application process will deter writers and damage cultural life in UK

Sian Cain

08, Aug, 2018 @6:13 PM

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The Guardian view on creative workers: Britain needs them | Editorial
Editorial: The chaos over Womad visas shows the dangers for the UK’s arts, culture and economy after Brexit

Editorial

03, Aug, 2018 @3:53 PM

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