WOMAD Sri Lanka Festival of Drums
When:Sep 2006 (annual)
Some of the world’s most talented master drummers and percussionists gather in Sri Lanka for the WOMAD (World of Music Arts and Dance) Festival of Drums. The event is billed as the Sri Lankan equivalent of the UK’s Glastonbury Festival and includes concerts in Kandy and Colombo.
Celebrating the island’s 2500-year association with drums, the festival showcases at least 14 different groups and artists from 12 different countries including Bill Cobham (USA), The Dhol Foundation (UK and India) and the Drummers of Burundi. The coordination of the local drumming and dancing performance will have a distinct Sri Lankan flavour, reflecting the huge cultural diversity of traditions throughout the country.
The 2005 festival features an outdoor concert at the Royal Peradeniya Botanical Gardens in Kandy; four indoor theatre concerts at Bishop’s College Auditorium and four Club Night Sessions at The Gallery, Beira Lake in the capital Colombo. Workshops are also held during the day at The Gallery, giving festival-goers the opportunity to meet and learn from the artists.
A lively festival field on Colombo’s Galle Face Green forms the main outdoor area for the festival, with performances on the Saturday and Sunday. This lavishly decorated space also features a Global Village of crafts, textiles and musical instruments, as well as an exciting selection of Sri Lankan, Asian and other international cuisine.