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March 18, 2005

Fine-Tuning the Festivities

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Womadelaide 2005
Botanic Park

Murray Bramwell

2005 will probably be known as the Wet Womadelaide. But only because – apart from some passing morning showers in 1992 – the event has been long blessed with ideal weather. Not that the Friday night rains this year proved especially irksome, especially since most of us had umbrellas amongst our kit. And, as a reward for audience loyalty perhaps, the first evening also provided some of the best music of the weekend.

The …

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February 18, 2005

Another New World of Music and Dance

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Murray Bramwell , Rodger Lee and David Sly preview recent releases from artists appearing at Womadelaide 2005

Now an annual fixture, Womadelaide comes round faster than Christmas. Hardly have we absorbed the sights, sounds and general bouquet of last year and we are presented with enticements for the next one. And, with the festival’s emphasis on new and different programming, each year brings a fresh list of unfamiliar names and musical styles. Having acquired some grasp of tuva and son, …

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April 01, 2004

Keeping Up the Traditions

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Womadelaide 2004

Murray Bramwell

This year was going to be a testing one for Womadelaide. It was the beginning of annual stagings of the event and the first time, since inception in 1992, that it had been re-incorporated into the Adelaide Festival. Attendance figures show that Womad this year has been the best ever with figures of 70,077, up by several thousand on 2003 and around six thousand from 2001.

It is certain proof of the durability of the event …

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January 01, 2004

Sights and Soundings

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Womadelaide 2004 Previewed

Womadelaide will soon be upon us: from 5 -7 March, to be exact. And, yes, it does seem like only a year ago. Now an annual fixture, Womad, this year, is tucked under the wing of the Adelaide Festival- as it was for its inaugural presentation back in 1992.

The appeal of this event is hardly a mystery – a diverse program of splendid music, impeccable production values, the green sward and shady Moreton Bay figs of …

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April 01, 2003

World Peace

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Womadelaide 2003
Botanic Park

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

Womadelaide is not just a highly successful musical occasion, it is a key fixture in the Adelaide cultural calendar. That is made clear enough at the afternoon press call before the Friday night opening. All the major players are there. Kate Brennan, on behalf of the Adelaide Festival Centre, is taking a last opportunity to claim sovereignty over Womad in Adelaide now that the Trust is relinquishing its executive management role to …

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February 24, 2003

The World to Come

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Murray Bramwell previews Womadelaide 2003

Womadelaide celebrates ten years next month and it is now a leading fixture on the city’s cultural calendar. So much so, in fact, that Premier Mike Rann recently negotiated keenly to keep the event in Adelaide despite counter bids from Sydney and Melbourne. Womad UK director Thomas Brooman drove a hard bargain – as well he might, to secure one of the more successful Womad festivals anywhere – by insisting that Adelaide become an annual …

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March 24, 2001

Big World

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Womadelaide 2001
Botanic Park

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

Womadelaide Mark Six has come and gone and its remarkable continuity is again assured. The key to its success is clear. It is well-funded, well managed and has a modus operandi that not only works but is shared by the up-to-25,000 crowd that fills Botanic Park at its peak attendance. Few outdoor festivals enjoy the support that Womad has – from Government departments, quangos, NGOs, arts organisations, Botanic gardeners, St John, the …

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February 01, 2001

Womadelaide Returns

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2001
Previewed by Murray Bramwell

It is February and the “off-year” for the Adelaide Festival, so it must be time for Womadelaide. This is the sixth incarnation -including the Pimba train ride and the McLaren Vale boutique version in 1998- and expectation is now higher than ever. This event has come a long way since its inception as part of the 1992 Festival of Arts. Back then, director Rob Brookman had originally intended to use Belair National Park as the …

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March 01, 1999

World View

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Womadelaide
Botanic Park

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

If ever an event is greater than the sum of its parts it is Womadelaide. Now in its fifth edition since inception in 1992 it is the splendid result of careful cultivation and management. If I use a horticultural image it is because Womad, in the verdant environs of Botanic Park, is like a well-tended garden. Its success is a reminder that events need good planning and infrastructure. They also need good resources …

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April 01, 1997

Parklife

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Womadelaide
Botanic Park

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell.

It is the fourth Womadelaide and by now we have very much got the hang of it. The protocols are set, the format is immediately recognisable, the production values continue to be high. There is nothing for it but to join the throng and enjoy Adelaide’s most successful musical picnic.

Womadelaide is quite unique. There can be few other events involving more than sixty thousand participants which run so amiably and smoothly. The …

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