With less than 50 days to go until WOMADelaide opens on the 8th of March in Botanic Park, the final additions to the 2019 program have been announced, including a Saturday night headline show performance by NZ heavyweights, Fat Freddy’s Drop.
Fat Freddy’s Drop last appeared at WOMADelaide 2014 and have amassed fans worldwide ever since, thanks to their potent slow-burn mix of dub, funk, soul, jazz and electronica and 1,000+ live shows. From humble beginnings as a ‘jam band’ in Wellington in the late 90s, the seven-piece outfit is at the top of their game, having sold over 750,000 albums and carved a unique musical path across the world.
In a new partnership, WOMADelaide has teamed up with UniSA’s MOD. to bring a taste of its futuristic museum of discovery to Frome Park. Inside the ‘WOMOD.’ shipping container, audiences can immerse themselves in the multi-sensory exhibit Feeling Human. Using a range of technologies the installation will invite people to consider, and experience first-hand, how the body and mind work together to feel pain.
The festival’s workshops program features 16 free workshops in everything from Ukranian Cossack dancing with local group Volya to a vocal masterclass with the central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir. Award-winning First Nations dancer-choreographer and Marrugeku dancer, Amrita Hepi brings her brilliant pop-culture dance class, Power Moves for Perilous Times, where audiences can learn ‘power moves’ with techniques from the likes of Beyoncé, Rihanna, John Travolta and Bruce Lee.
KidZone, WOMADelaide’s dream destination for children, features new additions including media personality and children’s author Peter Helliar reading from his Frankie Fish book series; local youth theatre troupe SAYarts with their ingenious Talking Trees project, bringing some of Botanic Park’s glorious trees to life to ‘talk’ to kids and a new Kiddo Silent Disco.
Other KidZone features include a chill out book nook, from Adelaide City Libraries and Penguin Books and Kaurna culture and language lessons in Uncle Stevie’s Kaurna Classroom. Climbing Tree have expanded their ‘nature village’ and added new creations and, at the SA Museum Explorers’ Tent, kids can discover the Tree of Life and the wonders of the natural world. The SA-based Canadian artist Evelyn Roth will present storytelling and theatre in her new Mama Southern Right Whale Nylon Zoo inflatable.
Joining the Planet Talks program is Senator Penny Wong and Minister Simon Birmingham. They will be guests on The Party Room podcast with ABC Radio National’s Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas as they analyse and interpret the latest issues from Canberra affecting our world.
“With the festival only seven weeks away, we are thrilled to add some exciting final touches to the WOMADelaide program beginning with a Saturday night headline performance from Fat Freddy’s Drop,” said WOMADelaide Director Ian Scobie.
“The Artists In Conversation, workshops and welcoming MOD to the program makes for an exciting seven-week countdown until the festival arrives in Botanic Park.”
The Artists In Conversation program includes Beninese Grammy-Award winning vocal dynamo Angelique Kidjo and one of Mali’s most inventive singers and electric guitarists Fatoumata Diawara together, discussing their journeys from Africa to the world stage.
Taste the World includes BCUC (South Africa), LaBrassBanda (Germany), Jason Heerah (Mauritius), and a special session featuring some of the famed nonnas from Adelaide’s Molfetta Club/Travelling Table, supported by their fellow Pugliese compatriots, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino.
WOMADelaide 2019 will be held from 8-11 March in Botanic Park, Adelaide, South Australia.
For information and tickets visit: www.womadelaide.com.au