WOMAD celebrates the world in so many ways, but this year the global party goes beyond the realms of our wonderful planet and into galaxies far, far away as the 2019 theme for the World of Children is starry, stratospheric Space.
Celebrating 50 years since the first moon landing, the buzzing hub of activity for kids is a universe of exploration, with arts and crafts, costume and structure making, storytelling, circus skills, dance and percussion and performances for young WOMAD-ers all weekend long. From building their own space ships out of junk materials to creating jet packs, space rockets, shooting stars and every intergalactic alien you could possibly imagine, the green fields of Wiltshire will be transformed into a cosmic playground for all ages. The now-famous Kids Parade on Sunday will showcase everyone’s hard work as astronauts, robots, stars and space junk galore proudly march their way through the festival site, showing off their planetary power and party vibes.
The World of Children is simply bursting with activities and workshops for children of all ages; Crazy Comic Club are back by popular demand with Manga comic art specialising in crazy space related characters with alien x-ray eyes as well as pop up planets. Dot to Dot, Sticky Fingers and Mucky Mittswill be encouraging young festival-goers to explore their creativity with recycled materials, and this year it’ll be riotous robots and planet flags that are the order of the day, with Selva Romero making Space Oddities and Crazy Cosmic headdresses inspired by David Bowie. Stellar Junkyardwill also be on hand to help children realise their own cosmic visions with their eco-creative costume making workshops, using 100% reclaimed and recycled materials, whilst Kit Camp encourage intergalactic space play with large scale building bricks and props to create rockets, space stations, capsules, pods and alien space ships – hours of imaginative fun and adventures.
Even the circus area has a cosmic-theme this year, with MarionettasGiant Astronaut puppets, Spinning Jenny’s Circus Shenanigans,Aeretiko Aerial Skills, Ben’s Slacklineand even handstand workshops to encourage everyone to test their centre of Gravity. The Happening Tent is bursting with music and dance all day long with African Sambistas’ space-themed samba to Morris Dancing with Boss Morris.It’s all about the rhythm at Molly’s Bar in the daylight hours, with a family takeover from Music at Molly’s; a host of music and dance from family ukulele sessions to Ballet Fit, Dance Hall and African Dance workshops for everyone to enjoy.
Zooming onwards and upwards we have WOMAD Weenieswith a Tot’s Tipis making spaces to keep our teeny festival-goers entertained with a glorious silver rocket tipi; lots of music and dance from Rock The Totsand Jumping Djembesplus family singing and stories with the kora for the under-5s, and a whole area to explore and enjoy, with a sandpit, ball runs, hula hoops, toys and books to keep little hands busy. The Teen Tentalso returns for 2019, a chilled out, creative space for teenagers to hang out and get involved with some of the amazing workshops on offer; from open mics and acoustic jam sessions to circus skills and henna – there’s something for everyone. There are even tastebud-tickling cookery workshops for children at the Taste the Worldstage, where they’ll learn how to whip up healthy, tempting and fun foods from some of the best chefs around.
More info here. – www.womad.co.uk