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Go mad for Womad

Expand your horizons in more ways than one with a trip to Womad in Abu Dhabi

After the huge success of last year’s first event, Womad (World of Music and Dance) is back with more multi-talented performers from around the world including Damian Marley (you’ll have heard of his dad), Femi Kuti (his old man pioneered the Afrobeat sound) and the Zawose Family, one of Africa’s greatest musical families.

The entire three-day event is free, and is a must for mums, dads and kids who want to expand their musical repertoire beyond Britney and Boyzone as well as join in with the bucketloads of fun, cultural and family-friendly events. Here are some of our favourites:

Children’s workshop tent

A hive of activity every evening with groups of artists working with nippers to create head-dresses, masks, costumes and artworks.

Brown Monkey Graffiti

Imagine being allowed, nay, positively encouraged to scrawl on the wall. The Brown Monkey crew will transform the corniche into a vibrant piece of art during the festival nights, with specific sessions for little scribblers.

Dubai Drums

Pick up some world beats and feel the rhythm with these family-friendly drum and percussion sessions – always a popular choice.

The Mora Brothers

The papier-mache artists from Cuba will be working their magic on paper, card and paints, encouraging youngsters to create amazing models and masks.

Taking Shape and Dot To Dot

Unearth that creative genius and get to work with these two UK groups, building some fabulous structures for the family and friends procession (see below) or creating an individual masterpiece to take home.

Taste the World

Feeling peckish? Have a nibble on something new down at the Taste the World stage, where artists prepare and cook and share some of their traditional cuisine – all interspersed with musical performances.

Family and friends procession

A festival highlight, head down to the corniche on Saturday evening for a spectacular parade where kids get to show off some of the fantastic creations they’ve made in the workshops and throughout the Womad Beyond educational outreach programme, accompanied by music from the Zawose Family from Tanzania and Dubai Drums.

Abu Dhabi corniche, Thursday April 22 until Saturday April 24. In Al Ain, there’ll be performances at the El Jahili Fort on Thursday and Friday only. Starting every evening at 7pm, the entire event is free. See www.womadabudhabi.ae for full details.

Time Out Dubai,

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