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Our insider guide to WOMADelaide

March 6, 2018

Womadelaide Crowd


Mad March is approaching with the crescendo of the festival season, WOMADelaide, is just around the corner.

Having been sponsors of the WOMADelaide festival for eight years now we know a thing of two about how to make the most of this unique and wonderful world music event.

So, for those who haven’t attended for a while, or who might be new to WOMADelaide, here are some of our top tips for surviving and thriving at WOMADelaide this year…

Find your corner of the world

As one of the most relaxed, family friendly festivals in the world, WOMADelaide encourages a chilled picnic vibe that is hard not to indulge in.

Festival goers are encouraged to bring their own picnic blankets to set up their own little corner of the WOMADelaide world within the outer pines areas of Botanic Park, but are asked not to “stake a spot” right in the centre of the action, or at the front of main stages.

This is a great idea, particularly if you’re going with a big group of people. Having a base makes it easier to wander around and see different artists, explore the food stalls and interactive programs, while also having a comfortable spot to return to.

Our advice? Make sure you get in early to nab yourself a shady spot that’s out of the way, but if you can’t find shade, you can also bring small pop up sun shades too.

Taste the world

Aside from indulging in new music, many people come to WOMADelaide to taste new flavours from around the world – with a diverse range of food stalls serving up everything from vegan curries to juicy hamburgers.

If you want to explore even more, head to the Taste The World cooking demonstrations, to see chefs and musicians come together to cook their favourite cuisines from all over the globe.

This year, Andre Ursini presents ORSO and the Polenta Stars at the 2019 Taste the World Restaurant.

Nestled amongst the trees of Botanic Park and surrounded by the sights, sounds and sensations of WOMADelaide, you can enjoy a curated collaboration of dishes from the talented chefs of the renowned Andre’s Cucina and the acclaimed, newly-opened ORSO.

Keep it cool

While there is a wonderful range of food and drinks – including Yalumba wine – available at the event, WOMADelaide is unique in that it allows festival goers to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages in with them.

So why not make a day of it and pack yourself a WOMAD picnic feast?

As the weather is almost always in the mid to high 30s over the WOMADelaide weekend, we’d recommend anything that will keep you cool and your fluids up, like lots of water, watermelon, cucumbers, chopped vegetables and salads!

Just keep in mind, you won’t be able to bring glass bottles in, so stick to reusable cups or tin water bottles, containers and coolers.

Leave your schedule at home

Unlike other festivals where you go along to see specific well-known artists, WOMADelaide is all about discovering someone or something new.

While you may only know one or two of the headline acts, just enjoy wandering from one stage to another with an open heart and mind and you’ll undoubtably stumble upon your new favourite song, or performer, before the sun sets on Monday.

If you’re going for the whole weekend, you also don’t need to worry about missing out on seeing your favourite artists either, as many of the artists perform twice over the four days for ultimate exposure.

Fashion-fun in the sun

The WOMADelaide weekend is notoriously hot in sunny Adelaide, which means it’s essential to come prepared with all kinds of sun protection.

While long sleeves, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, are the simple answer, you can also add to the festive fun by making your cover-ups a WOMADelaide fashion statement. Think fabulous kimono style cover-ups, simple sarongs, flowing shirts and broad brimmed straw hats in bright colours, with lots of flowers, and plenty of paisley!

In the evening, bugs and mosquitos also come out to enjoy the music and dancing, so if you’re someone who is prone to bites, you may also want to bring some mozzie-spray with you too, so you can dance the night away carefree.