Annual three-week artist residency - 16 artist groups worked with over 2,000 students across 25 primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. These residencies with visiting artists offered students the chance to immerse themselves in a cultural experience rooted in music and the arts from across the globe. Opening performances with the students took place at each festival with Siyaya (Zimbabwe), The Zawose Family (Tanzania) and The Dhol Foundation (India/UK).
The workshops and whole school events organised by the WOMAD team brought the diversity of our school community to life. Working with the organisation was smooth due to the level of professionalism and commitment shown by everyone to the project. Our children, families and staff were inspired by the musicians, dancers and artists, and the work started during the WOMAD outreach week inspired further work here in the school. We all look forward to having the opportunity to work with the team once again.
Emma Shanahan, Al Muna Primary School, Abu Dhabi.