The mission of the WOMAD foundation is to create opportunities for cultural exchange and learning. We strive to bring the arts of different cultures to the widest possible audience by developing arts education and creative learning projects. Over the past 30 years our work has benefited over 200,000 people worldwide.

WOMAD Foundation 40th Anniversary Project Grant


This year WOMAD will be celebrating 40 years of WOMAD festivals worldwide. To mark this milestone the WOMAD Foundation has created a fund of up to £15,000 for a creative and exciting project which will culminate in a performance or presence at the WOMAD Festival in 2023.

Project leaders e.g. artists, community groups, schools, organisations, should devise a project which involves people from different cultural traditions or social backgrounds working with artists, e.g. musicians, dancers, singers, visual artists, to create a short performance, a film or an exhibit.

“If we truly want a world full of global citizens, we have to start integrating the world into all our lives.”
(Peter Gabriel – Founder of WOMAD)

Past Projects

Sounding Bath: Forest of imagination

The Forest of Imagination created the ‘Sounding Bath Project’ in Bath June 2019.  This project was a collaboration between the composer Stevie Wishart and researcher Richard White which enabled people to engage with interactive sound-making on a guided walk through Bath.

Music for Wellness

Music for Wellness delivered six workshops at Davidson’s Mains Primary School in Edinburgh, featuring refugee musicians from Iran, Iraq, Syria and Chile. 

Music Action International

WOMAD Foundation funding was used to deliver Harmonise – a national schools programme inspiring empathy between refugees and children from all backgrounds , improving wellbeing and fostering understanding.

AMJ and Toto La Momposina: Musical Adventure

The Foundation is proud to have supported an inspiring project organised by Astar Artes which is a collaboration between Toto La Momposina, AMJ Collective and Bristol schools, based at May Park Primary School.