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Madrid — By Nellie Huang on May 7, 2010 at 11:48 am
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WOMAD Cáceres 2010

WOMAD CaceresOne of the world’s biggest international music festival is taking Spain by storm this weekend! WOMAD will be held from 6th to 9th May in the historical center of Extremadura’s capital Cáceres. With an impressive line-up of international artistes, endless rows of merchandise stalls and a huge party atmosphere, WOMAD will surely rock your world.

WOMAD stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance and is internationally recognized for the array of performances from all over the world. With the aim of celebrating and embracing the various types of music, arts and dance around the globe, WOMAD is an eye-opener for music-lovers out there.

This year marks the 19th anniversary of the event, with years after years of success as the crowd continues to pour in from all over Spain. Concerts and workshops will be held all over the city, scattered throughout venues like Plaza Mayor, Plaza San Jorge and the Gran Teatro.

The opening night was kicked off by a brilliant performance by Njaaya, showcasing the ethnical and cultural richness of Senegalese music. Some of the most famous performers for this year’s WOMAD Cáceres include Spanish Jazz singer Amparo Sanchez, Western Kenya traditional JoLuo music band Kenge Kenge Orutu Systems (KKOS) and interesting Mali desert music from Terakaft. Up-and-coming British singer Charles Winston and Arabic rock band Speed Caravan are sure to wow the crowds. Over 22 bands and individual artistes will be performing in this year’s WOMAD Cáceres, all of whom hail from Europe, Africa and America.

Besides music, expect to be enthralled by the food market and merchandise stores. Plaza de Santa Maria will be the venue for the global market and ‘Sabores del Mundo’(Tastes from Around the World). Sample interesting flavors and browse through distinctive products from different ethnical backgrounds.

Workshops will be also be held at Plaza San Jorge, where children workshops are conducted by Anita Chowdry from India/UK, Louise Block from UK/US and Aurora (UK). Adult workshops are also available under interesting guidance from Kenge Kenge Orutu System, Spiro, Speed Caravan, Les Bratsch, El Tío Carlos and Terakaft.

The festival is open to the public, entrance is free.

How to get to Cáceres:

Cáceres is just a 4-hour train ride from Madrid, with over 5 trains per day. There is just one night train and they all depart from Atocha train station. By bus, you can catch it from the Estacion del Sur bus terminal, and express buses take only 3.5 hours while normal ones take up to 5 hours.

Details of WOMAD Cáceres:

Website: http://womad.org/festivals/caceres/

Dates: 6th to 9th May

Contact: Cáceres Tourist Information +34 927010834

Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons photo by neoproducciones.

Related places:
  1. A
    Plaza Mayor, 28012 Madrid
    Plaza Mayor, 28012 Madrid, Madrid, , ES
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  2. B
    Plaza de San Jorge
    Plaza de San Jorge, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
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  3. C
    Consorcio Gran Teatro De Caceres
    Calle de San Antón, 9, 10003 Caceres, Spain
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  4. D
    Plaza de Santa Mar?a
    Plaza de Santa María, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
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