Feast of the beat
Some of the world’s most talented master drummers and percussionists will gather for the WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Sri Lanka festival of drums from September 21-25. WOMAD gives its name to the internationally established WOMAD Festival, which brings together artistes from all over the globe. The central aim of the festival is to celebrate the world’s many forms of music, arts and dance.

The festival will feature four concerts at Bishop’s College auditorium and four club night sessions at the gallery, Beira Lake in Colombo. Workshops will also be held at the gallery. There will also be two outstation concerts -at the University of Peradeniya grounds in Kandy and on the beachfront in Negombo.
A lively ‘festival field’ will be held at the Galle Face Green, on Saturday and Sunday.

This festival will also feature a global village of crafts, textiles and musical instruments, as well as an exciting selection of Sri Lankan, Asian and other international cuisine.

The festival will showcase at least 14 different groups and artistes from 12 different countries including Bill Cobham (USA), The Dhol Foundation (UK and India) and the Drummers of Burundi. Classical Kandyan dancer and renowned choreographer Ravibandhu Vidyapathy will coordinate and direct performances of the percussion and dance of Sri Lanka.

The event is being organised with the Sri Lanka Tourist Board.

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