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.

Dance Roots Africa – WOMAD Foundation 2023 Anniversary Grant

Swindon based Dance Roots Africa won a hard-fought competition between over fifty arts organisations across the UK to be selected for the WOMAD Foundation 40th Anniversary project.

The project ran from January 2023 and culminated with a celebratory performance at WOMAD Festival at Charlton Park and included many opportunities for public engagement over the year.

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.