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Around the World with WOMAD festival

Posted by Helen Archard Online Fashion Content Intern

29th Jul 2013

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WOMAD Festival, situated in the heart of Wiltshire, is a celebration of music, arts and dance from all corners of the globe. Complimented by a host of traders and food stalls it's like a round the world ticket for all your senses.

Not only is the festival a celebration of what our world has to offer but it has also taken place in different locations including Australia, New Zealand, Spain and will be hosted in Russia in mid-September this year.

Here's a snippet of a few things we discovered from each continent in our wonderful WOMAD adventure...


A civilised afternoon tea in a woodland glade captures a typically British tradition and giant, sprouting tulips are certainly reminiscent of Holland to represent just a fraction of the European influence on the festival. There was a mass of music gracing the WOMAD stages from across this continent as well.

This coat was made in Yugoslavia in South-East Europe and this sweet white dress is perfect for warm, European locations.


We discovered this amazing scarf stall whose bright colours drew us across the arena with its bright colours blowing in the wind. We loved these shoes as well!

The Oxfam Festival Shop had loads of items which channelled a real eastern vibe like this silk jacket and embellished skirt.


We were drawn in by the sizzling pans of the traditional North African food stall with their hot chillis and juicy olives making our mouths water. We also found a stall stocked with fantastic hand crafted products from around the world. We particularly loved these Moroccan lanterns.Amongst the mass of African music around the site, Friday evening saw the Malawi Mouse Boys take to the stage of the Siam tent for their first ever public performance!


With WOMADelaide taking place in Australia in March 2014 there is a definite connection with our friends from down under.

This fab shirt screams sunshine, surfing and Oz-inspired summer style.


Our American inspiration came from the Mexican Hammock Company who sold brightly coloured, classic hammocks as well as Mexican inspired crafts including these fab 'Day of the Dead' skulls, bright lizards and hand-made mats.

Keeping in line with the South American theme, we chose this fab Aztec print dress from the Oxfam Festival Shop which is totally on trend for SS13.


The weather was glorious for the majority of the weekend, excusing a heavy downpour on the Saturday night so some ice from the South Pole would have been very welcome to keep us cool. Although they inhabit the Arctic, we also bumped into this polar bear on our travels around WOMAD who reminded us of chillier climates. 

The Oxfam Festival Shop also had a fine offering of knits and woollies ideal from an icy expedition.

The festival itself is split up into its own mini 'worlds' with each one tailored to a specific sector. The WORLD OF WELLBEING was a magical woodland of teepees and tents offering spiritual healing, massage and treatments. The WORLD OF ART was a showcase of fantastical art. For this family orientated festival the WORLD OF KIDS is a bright and bountiful area for the whole family with plenty of fun and activities to occupy little festival goers. With a focus on all artistic elements the WORLD OF WORDS was perfect for the literary focused.

To see what else we discovered at WOMAD this weekend check out the Oxfam Shops Instagram and @OxfamFashion Twitter !

Blog post written by Helen Archard

Online Fashion Content Intern

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