The WOMAD Foundation


Through first hand cultural exchanges we aim to:

  • Provide encounters with artists who bring their world into the classroom encouraging a spirit of exploration and enquiry
  • Create projects that recognise and nurture the innate creativity in young people, inspiring them to actively engage in music and the arts
  • Offer creative opportunities where there is little or no existing arts provision
  • Provide specialist education and professional development for educators, artists and musicians
  • Show by example that the arts are a catalyst for change and innovation

What We Do

The WOMAD Foundation:

  • Sets up artist residencies in schools, colleges, universities and community settings
  • Offers CPD support for teachers and provide user friendly learning resources for schools
  • Runs a creative learning programmes for visiting artists, equipping them to lead educational workshops in schools
  • Brings new approaches to music making
  • Works through national and international partnerships

“From the very first WOMAD in 1982, children have been fundamental to the vision of WOMAD and from the outset the WOMAD Foundation has been bringing the magic of the festival into the classroom, entertaining and inspiring thousands of children. The students and their teachers have discovered all sorts of music art and dance from all over the world, in a wonderful and very personal way.

There are few moments that are as vivid or enjoyable as when the kids, themselves, become a part of the sounds, traditions and colours of another culture.

If we truly want a world full of global citizens, we have to start bringing the world inside the classroom.”

Peter Gabriel