CANDACE CASEY PHOTOGRAPHY
WORLD OF MUSIC AND DANCE WOMAD, ABU DAHBI 2009-10
For the past three years, the Abu Dhabi Cultural Center has offered to the public, free of charge, three days of music with talent coming from all over the world. It is an exciting and joyous event as all the cultures that live in Abu Dhabi are able to experience some of their own music and music from around the world.
Peter Gabriel was one of the founders of Womad established to work in many ways, but aims at expanding world conciousness through perfmormance events and education projects.
The setting for WOMAD in Abu Dhabi was magical as it was spread along the beachfront of Abu Dhabi, with the gistening skyline flanking the other edge. Two two massive stages were set up on the North and South ends, and in the middle was a mixing tent where the artists and local musicians, would come together to create music, while onlookers observed and reclined on the carpeted floor with cushions, Arabian style.
The pure enthusiasm of the performers connecting with the audience, and the abundance of cross culture made it a life-time event for us. If so many cultures can enjoy each other over music and dance, why is it then, that we can't do it outside of this enironment?