There will be five ATMs on site for your convenience, see the site map for exact locations.
Busking is NOT permitted, all of the entertainment in the Park is selected and programmed in advance.
The cloakroom is located at the Hackney Road entrance near the bike park, and will close when gates close each night . No valuables can be left there (eg wallets/phones/cameras) and only small to medium sized closed/zippered bags/daypacks will be accepted ie no loose items of clothing such as coats/jumpers, no prams, no plastic/shopping carry bags etc. All items are left at your own risk and the Event Manager takes no responsibility for items left behind when the festival ends. Any such items will be left with lost property at the Info Booth, then onsite until the following Friday, then held at the the festival office (tel 8271 1488) until the end of March. Thereafter, the items will be donated to charity. The fee is a gold coin donation.
Disabled patrons' infomation
Carers are admitted free and there are raised viewing platforms at Stages 1, 2 and 3. Disabled toilets and wheelchair parking (near the Hackney Road entrance car park) are also available.
There are 3 drinking fountains set up around the park.
The festival selects around 100 stalls each year (35 food, 45 crafts and 20 display). Please note that WOMADelaide has a capacity of 20,000 people per day, so stallholders with extensive experience, including work at other large-scale events and festivals, are considered favourably. Vans selling hot chips, Dagwood Dogs etc are not suitable, as the food on offer at the festival is of an international, gourmet nature. Stall selection takes place in November and all applicants will be notified of the outcome by mid-December.
Stallholder information and application forms for the extended four day 2010 festival are available now [find out more].
Performing at WOMADelaide
WOMADelaide is an invitation-only (curated) festival with the budget and space to program around 25 international and 15 Australian artists/groups each year, plus a number of street theatre and visual artists. Artists who choose to send materials should do so between 01 April - 30 August 2009. Please refer to the Want to perform at WOMADelaide?
In Botanic Park, on Hackney Road in inner city Adelaide. Here's a map
Opening hours of the festival
Friday - gates open 4:30pm, performances are on from 6pm-1am.
Saturday - gates open at 11am, performances are on from midday-1am.
Sunday - gates open at 11am, performances are on from midday-midnight.
St John's Ambulance are always present and the Royal Adelaide Hospital is only minutes away. If you forget your own, for a donation you can use sunscreen supplied by St John's.
There is NO camping on site, the venue is part of the Botanical Gardens.
Only sunshades with small lightweight pegs that go all the way into the grass are permitted but can only be erected in clear spaces, away from the main viewing arenas in front of the stages, thoroughfares /walkways and major structures such as stages or food stalls. Shades cannot be left in position overnight.
The essentials are your entry pass/WristTicket, valid photo ID, hat, sunscreen, medication (especially for asthma or hay fever as the Park can get dusty), portable ashtray if you smoke (such as empty film canister/other plastic container), clothes to suit the weather and insect repellant if the mozzies love you.
NOT to bring
Animals (except guide dogs), any glass (bottles, containers, glasses etc), weapons, fireworks, flame-twirling items, 'high' chairs, alcohol or illicit substances.
15,000+ people attend each day. It's quite a mobile crowd and one cannot reasonably expect to 'reserve' a spot by placing a blanket etc in front of a stage. Generally speaking it is a 'stand up and dance' crowd.
You can bring a chair to WOMADelaide...but only if it's a low 'beach chair'. These are for sale at camping/army disposal shops, K-Mart and at the merchandise stall on site. No higher chairs can be brought in - there is no negotiation on this (gate security will confiscate them). Chairs are expected to be used at the outer edges of the playing arenas. For elderly/infirm patrons, around 20 chairs are fixed to the front of the wheelchair viewing platforms at Stages 1, 2 and 3. The D in WOMAD is for Dance, so you can expect that the crowds will regularly be on their feet! Patrons wishing to remain seated should position themselves to the rear and sides of the audience area. For selected performances, all of the audience will be asked to sit down and, in these cases, those who want to stand or dance will be asked to position themselves to the rear and sides of the audience area.
Absolutely NO flyering is permitted inside or outside the festival grounds. Pamphlets and flyers can only be given out by stallholders and, due to the festival's Zero Waste/green policies, even the Info Booth can only give out the event schedule.
Fundraising at the festival
Fundraising is NOT permitted by anyone on site.
Strollers/prams are welcome within the festival grounds.
Children 12 and under get in for free when accompanied by a paying adult. There is no limit on the number of children an adult can bring in and they do not need a ticket in advance. Kids aged 13 and upwards have to buy a concession price ticket.
What is there for kids to do at the festival?
There is never a shortage of brilliant things to do in KidZone - arts and crafts workshops run by Carclew Youth Arts, Evelyn Roth's Nylon Zoo inflatable creatures, the ever-popular Amazing Drumming Monkeys, a carousel, a bouncy thing and ball pit for the littlies and face painting from Adelaide Face Painters. The Samba workshops also happen in KidZone.
Parents should get wristbands for their children from the gates or the info booth and mark them with the adult's name, mobile number and the child's name in case they get lost and organise with children to meet at the Information Booth if they do get separated. If a lost child arrives at the Information Booth, volunteers will alert festival security. If it's after 6pm, security will alert the SA Police, who will be on site or the entire duration of the festival. Please note that the KidZone is not a crèche/child-minding facility and all children should be accompanied by and adult.
There are two baby change facilities - in each of the disabled toilet blocks on the north and south of the Park.
Report lost property to the Info Booth. Found items will be kept at the Info Booth until the end of the festival, then left onsite until the following Friday, then held at the the festival office (tel 8271 1488) until the end of March. Thereafter, valuables will be taken to the Norwood Police Station (tel 8207 6800) and the remaining items will be donated to charity.
Plenty - but they're friendly. They check bags for glass etc upon entry and keep an eye out for people filming live performances (a no-no), and any shabby behaviour in the crowd (along with the SA Police). And please don't try and jump the fence to get in - people have been impaled!
We would prefer that you did not for the comfort of patrons - but if you must smoke please be conscious of those around you - do not smoke near ANY of the stages, the wheelchair platforms, the Global Village, Kidzone or Speakers Corner. Please keep WOMADelaide & Botanic Park Butt Free - use the bins provided to dispose of your cigarette butts. Portable ashtrays will be available at the Info Booth for your butts if you forget to bring your own portable ashtray (please remember to take this home with you as it will contaminate the festival's waste recycling program). While the stage MCs will make announcements over the weekend - if you are a smoker please help us by following these simple protocols. Cigarettes are not sold at the festival.
Food & drinks on site
We have over 40 international food stalls with prices ranging from approx $3-15, three bars, and non-alcoholic drinks stalls. There are literally hundreds of different flavours and delicacies to choose from.
Of course you can bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks, but no bottles/glass containers are allowed.
We provide 22 blocks of proper, regularly-cleaned toilets, plus disabled facilities. There are more women's toilets than men's so you never have to queue for long.
Cameras & Video cameras
Cameras are permitted on site, but you cannot use to film or video any live performances on any stage, or your equipment will be confiscated. Longlens/professional cameras are not permitted into the Park unless by prior arrangement (refer to the media page on this website).
Tape or mp3 recorders are NOT permitted.
Mobile phones with the ability to record are permitted into the festival.
We sell CDs by the featured artists, souvenir festival t-shirts and in sometimes unique art work (eg woven baskets from indigenous artists). If you don't get the chance to buy the CD you want at the festival, Womusic is open all year round.
Suggestion or complaints
Before or after the festival, write to firstname.lastname@example.org. At the festival itself, take it to the Info Booth.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the average maximum temperature in Adelaide in March is 26.3 C and the average minimum is 15.2C. WOMADelaide is an outdoor festival – it can be very warm, although Botanic Park has lots of shade. Remember to make sure you drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen and that it can get quite cool at night too!
Dust, pollen and asthma
Like countless gardens across Adelaide, Botanic Park has been following water restrictions across this hot summer, however the WOMADelaide Site Manager has taken steps to do whatever is possible to minimise the damage to the park and look after the comfort and well-being of the audience. In 2009, we will again be running water trucks over the Park twice a day from one week before the festival up to and including the weekend. There will also be new traffic restrictions for vehicles entering the park before and during the festival to try and ease the dust, ground protection mats for heavy vehicle access, a new ‘walkway’ between Stages 1 and 2, mist stations and several drinking fountains. Click here for more information on dust management.