Monday, May 25, 2009


WOMAD ABU DHABI 2009 – World of Music, Arts and Dance festival was held at Abu Dhabi Corniche in collaboration between WOMAD and ADACH (Abu Dhabi Authority of Culture and Heritage) on 23RD, 24TH & 25TH APRIL 2009. It was an extraordinary opportunity to all the people to see the world class music, musicians, artists and dances live and amazing thing is this was also FREE for everyone.

I went to see the festival of first two days at Abu Dhabi Corniche, and am very glad to see the music stars live, Specially I enjoyed more with Khaled show, the Dhol Foundation (UK/India), and Dulsori, (South Korea) programs. I wondered to listen in live Kahled’s song Didi ... didi.. this song I was listened first time in my college days in India. I remembered those my college days and my friends during that song.

Thanx to the ADACH and WOMAD to brought the great event to Abu Dhabi. There was Wonderfull arrangements, stage, lighting, sounds and a great feeling to watch the shows on the cornice, behind the seashore.

As usual I went with my little cam and tried to shoot the great moments of the event and I did many experiments of live shooting and composing of lighting. See my photos here.

World of Music, Arts and Dance and gives its name to the internationally established WOMAD festival, bring together artists from all over the globe in the worlds most acclaimed celebration of cross-cultural performance.

Since The first event, launched by peter Gabriel in the UK in 1982, WOMAD has held more than 160 festivals, creating spectacular live experiences in 27 countries all over the world. It has presented more than 1000 artists at its festivals bringing the musical traditions and cultural expressions of hundreds of diverse nationalities to a live audiences of over one million people.

Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage is the institution in charge of conserving and promoting the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi. Established in 2005 as an authority of the Government of Abu Dhabi, it is chaired by H.E Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan.

ADACH is an organization with far-sighted aspirations to harness the pride of the people of the UAE through t he development of its cultural heritage, and to make Abu Dhabi the cultural centre of the region. ADACH aims to encourage contemporary production in all fields of the Arts and culture, to promote Arab heritage and traditions and to nurture long-lasting creative projects on both a nation and international scale.

To See my complete photo Gallery of the festival artist wise : click here

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Jhani జానీ said...

thanx for your comment, this was the post for the first Womad which held in 2009 in UAE, the second year also held in 2010... unfortunately i couldnt attended that...

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Jhani జానీ said...

Thanx for u r comment

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Jhani జానీ said...

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Jhani జానీ said...

@Anon, thanx for the comment. and why not, i want to be at UAE in 2012, but due to recession i left UAE and i am in India now. Inshallah, if things will go in right track i will be there. otherwise this article will be the great memory for me in rest of my life.