By: Amber Harvey
This September, Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD world music festival will embark on a new adventure with its debut appearance in the North Caucasus region of Russia.
Taking place in the city of Kislovodsk on September 21-22, the World of Music, Arts and Dance festival will “introduce a Russian audience to the international delights of WOMAD- music and musicians unheard of, a vast selection of global foods and dishes, workshops inviting the audience to ask questions, dance with the artists and learn a new musical instrument,” according to the event site.
As confirmed by Billboard, Gabriel himself won’t be making an appearance in Kislovodsk, but he will try to attend one of the Russian editions to follow.
According to the director of WOMAD Russia, Alexander Cheparukhin, negotiations with various major international artists will not be revealed until official agreements have been reached. However, he did disclose that the program has been in talks with former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, whose “current program is very impressive,” said Cheparukhin (via Billboard).
Gabriel co-founded the World of Music, Arts, and Dance Festival with music innovators Thomas Brooman and Bob Hooton more than 20 years ago.
With its first event in the rural England town of Shepton Mallet in 1982, WOMAD was the first true international music festival of its kind, with droves of crowds coming to see performances and workshops by artists such as Don Cherry, Simple Minds, Echo, the Bunnymen and Peter Gabriel himself.
“The festivals have always been wonderful and unique occasions and have succeeded in introducing an international audience to many talented artists,” said Gabriel on the WOMAD website. “Equally important, the festivals have also allowed many different audiences to gain an insight into cultures other than their own through the enjoyment of music.”
“Music is a universal language,” the former Genesis singer added. “[I]t draws people together and proves, as well as anything, the stupidity of racism."
To learn more about WOMAD, visit the festival’s official website. For more info on what Peter Gabriel is up to these days, including his 2013 Back To Front Tour, click here, and please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!