WOMAD brings the world to Cape Town in a cultural voyage of discovery

N'Faly Kouyate (Guinea)

WOMAD – The World of Music, Arts and Dance – brings the world to your doorstep with an exciting international and local line-up in Cape Town, Yzerfontein, Johannesburg, Middelburg and Mapungubwe from September 23.

Conceived in 1982 by the renowned British musician Peter Gabriel, WOMAD has since brought the sights, sounds and rhythms of the world to 32 countries and an audience of millions. 

The WOMAD Cape Town festivities take place over the Heritage Day Weekend (23 to 25 September between 2pm and 8pm) with the V&A Waterfront changing into a colourful kaleidoscope with free concerts performed by a selection of exciting global artists from 11 countries together with some of the Cape Town’s finest local artists. 

Shellie Morris & Yarnumamalya Ayangkidarrba-langwa (Australia)

From the 26th to the 29th, interactive workshops presented by the international musicians will be held at Ferryman’s Guinness Lounge, Kronendal, Ottery, Wynberg and the Ubuntu Centre in Noordhoek. 

The !Khwa ttu Heritage Day Festival 2023 takes place on Heritage Day 24 September from 10am to 6pm at the !Khwa ttu SAN Heritage Centre in Yzerfontein. This year, attendees will be treated to the musical talents of San dance groups including Dizu Plaatjies, a renowned traditional musician, as well as the mesmerising beats of Drumba Drumming. The festival will embody a spiritual celebration, uniting San artists and the WOMAD Indigenous First Nations artists Shellie Morris and Yarnumamalya Ayangkidarrba-langwa (Australia), DRMNGNOW (Australia), Eufronio Sanchez (Bolivia), Gabriella Ghermandi (Ethiopia), N’Faly Kouyate’ (Guinea), King Kapisi (New Zealand) and The Iskwew Singers (Canada). Book your tickets here.

Eufronio Sanchez (Bolivia)

WOMAD Cape Town is supported by the City of Cape Town and The Department of Sports, Wesgro, Arts and Culture in partnership with !khwa ttu San Heritage Centre, Embassy of Spain, Korean Cultural Centre, Leu Verlag, NAMUN Group, National Gugak Centre, V&A Waterfront, V Negro Flamenco Agency, Wesgro & Wiesbaden Kulturant. 

For the full WOMAD SA programme summary, click here. For information on artists and workshops, click here. Follow WOMAD South Africa on social media for updates.

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