This weekend I travelled down to the West Country to visit WOMAD, a four-day festival that celebrates world music, art and dance.
Overwhelmed by the variety of performers, activities and food on offer, I spent most of the morning wandering around checking out the stalls. I stopped by the Oxfam shop, picking up a scarf for £1, signed a petition at Save the Children and gave an impromptu performance at one of the pop-up stages.
I also went especially to visit the Roots Architecture workshop, organised by Fourth Door, which was taking place over the four days. The workshop set participants the challenge of creating inspiring structures from locally available and gathered materials. Supported by an information tent, a pedal powered stage and expert lecturers, the workshop also highlighted humanitarian and emergency practice in architecture and the growing construction and architecture community around the world engaged in this work. We bumped into some old friends including ‘Bamboo’ Jack Everett who is keen to stay involved with Article 25 and our Student Chapter activities, and Oliver Lowenstein from Fourth Door who had also kindly offered to promote our work by putting some of our project posters and new Small Blue Book on display.
After this I wandered over to the Human Library in an attempt to meet up with Matt from Yurtopia who will be supplying our Yurt for the Student Chapters’ Summer Workshop at Writtle College in September. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to catch him, but did some dancing in front of the Radio 3 Stage and some meditation in the “World of Wellbeing”.
By the end of the day I had managed to catch a whole host of amazing world music artists – I really recommend Bomba Estereo, Axel Kreiger, and Aurelio – dance a bit of salsa, stuff my face with North African food and sample the local cider. This is one of the most civilised festivals I have ever been to, really friendly with a real range of people in attendance. I really recommend it, and if you would like to know more about Roots Architecture, they have an exhibition on at FCBStudios in London until the 14th August.
Jessica Toale, Education and Communications Manager