6 March – 9 March
WOMADelaide is an annual four-day festival of Music, Arts and Dance, which was first held in 1992 in Botanic Park, Adelaide, South Australia. Part of the WOMAD festivals organisation, WOMADelaide aims to excite, to create, to inform and to highlight awareness of the worth and potential of a multicultural society. The festival encourages people to experience the music of cultures other than their own as a way of developing global understanding, and aims to entertain all age groups and people from all backgrounds. WOMADelaide has grown steadily in audience size from 30,000 in 1993 to over 90,000 annually since 2014. All prior attendance records were broken in 2016 when over 95,000 people attended. In 2008 WOMADelaide won the FasterLouder Festival Award for best Sound and Production. WOMADelaide also received the 2008 Helpmann Award for Best Contemporary Music Festival. WOMADelaide draws its performing artists from all over the world. A specific emphasis is placed on traditional music and performances of various cultures although some more contemporary, popular acts are included.