- Disabled patrons' infomation
- Drinking water
- Performing at WOMADelaide
- Festival location
- Opening hours of the festival
- First Aid
- To bring
- NOT to bring
- Fundraising at the festival
- What is there for kids to do at the festival?
- Lost children
- Baby change
- Lost property
- Food & drinks on site
- Cameras & Video cameras
- Suggestion or complaints
- Dust, pollen and asthma
There will be 5 ATMs on site for your convenience.
Busking is NOT permitted, all of the entertainment in the Park is selected and programmed in advance.
The cloakroom is located behind the Information Booth and will close at midnight each night. No valuables can be left there overnight (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 held at the Info Booth until the end of the festival, then left onsite until the following Friday, after which they will be held at 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.
Disabled patrons' information
Carers are admitted free when accompanying a ticketed disabled patron. There are shaded, raised wheelchair viewing platforms at Stages 1, 2 and 3. Disabled toilets and wheelchair parking (near the Hackney Road entrance car park, see the site map on the ‘getting there’ page) are also available.
Carers will be required to present their National Companion Card upon entry. (http://www.companioncard.org.au)
There are a number of drinking water fountains set up around the park so bringing an EMPTY, refillable bottle with you is a great idea. Otherwise you can bring in full/SEALED plastic bottles of water.
Online food, retail and charity stallholder applications will open in August and close in November 2013. A selection process will happen during November and applicants will be advised of their success or otherwise by email in December.
We do not contact previous successful/unsuccessful stallholders individually so if you would like to be kept up to date with stalls information and deadlines, please subscribe the monthly WOMADelaide e newsletter.
Performing at WOMADelaide
Applications for the 2014 festival will be open from 1 April - 1 August. Click here for details.
The festival is held in Botanic Park, on Hackney Road in the inner city of Adelaide. See the Adelaide map on the ‘getting there’ page.
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-1230am.
Monday – gates open at 11am, performances are on from midday-midnight. Please note that Monday is a public holiday in SA.
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 Botanic Gardens of Adelaide.
Small pop-up sunshades can only be set up in areas away from high-traffic areas and only in ‘the pines’ area marked out near Hackney Road. They must be taken home at night and proper tents of anything that blocks people’s views of the stages are not allowed.
The essentials are your wristband or your booking reference number/confirmation email, valid photo ID, hat, sunscreen, medication (especially for asthma or hayfever 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, alcohol or illicit substances, 'high' chairs, tents (Pop-up sunshades can only be set up in areas of the park well away from all sightlines and traffic areas. For Stage 1 the only area which can be used is ‘the pines’ area marked out towards Hackney Road. Sunshades must be removed when you leave at night and tents of any kind or other structures which block the views of stages are not allowed anywhere in the park). Please see the picture below regarding chairs and tents:
Please note that professional camera equipment (as outlined in the picture below) is not permitted on site without prior permission and the relevant accreditation.
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 the festival grounds or outside the entrances. Due to the festival's Zero Waste/green policies, we limit paper handouts to the mini-guide being given out at the Info Booth and the charity stalls.
Fundraising at the festival
Fundraising is NOT permitted by anyone on site.
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.
Strollers/prams are welcome within the festival grounds. Baby changing facilities are in the disabled toilet blocks at the north and south of the Park.
KidZone offers many fun, free activities for 3-12 year olds (check the KidZone page of the website for details). Please note that the KidZone is not a crèche/child-minding facility and all children should be accompanied by an adult.
We recommend parents get a kids wristband at the gates/Info Booth/KidZone and mark their name and mobile number on it. Parents should arrange with children to meet at the Info Booth if they get separated. If a lost child arrives at the Info Booth, volunteers will alert festival security. If it's after 6pm, security will alert the SA Police, who will be on site for the duration of the festival.
Report lost property to the Info Booth. Found items will be held at the Info Booth until the end of the festival, then left onsite until the following Friday, after which they will be held at 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.
There are plenty - but they're friendly. At the gates, security will check your bags for alcohol and glass (bottles/wine glasses etc). Full/SEALED plastic bottles of water/juice are permitted but anything open will be disposed of at the gates. Security will 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!
Cigarettes are not sold at the festival. If you smoke, PLEASE respect the people around you - go to the back of the crowd and use a butt bin or a portable ashtray when you butt out (available from the WO Shop if you haven’t brought your own). Smoking is not allowed in front of the stages or the bars, on the wheelchair viewing platforms, in the Global Village food area or in KidZone. The stage MCs will make announcements over the weekend, but if you are a smoker please help us by following these simple rules and avoid tense situations with your fellow festival-goers!
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. Long-lens/professional cameras are not permitted into the Park unless by prior arrangement. Tape or mp3 recorders are NOTpermitted. Mobile phones with the ability to record are permitted into the festival.
We sell CDs by the featured artists, souvenir festival t-shirts and 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.
Suggestions or comments
Before or after the festival, write to Arts Projects Australia. 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 throughout the Summer period, 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 2013, 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 ‘walkway’ between Stages 1 and 2, mist stations and several drinking fountains.
WOMADelaide will also be working with the Asthma Foundation to assist festival-goers with their asthma management. CLICK HERE to see the daily pollen count.