The first year of WOMADelaide becoming an annual festival, now moved from February to March in an effort to avoid some of the searing Adelaide summer heat. 2003 introduced the first All-Star Jam (later to be called the All-Star Gala) and remedial therapy/relaxation area 'The Sanctuary' (now known as The Healing Village). A fresh-faced The Cat Empire played their first of many festival appearances at the WoZone club at the Adelaide Uni Bar. And Stage 5 moved... again!

Highlights - the amazing, 80 year old Madosini, Ernest Ranglin, and the inimitable Rachid Taha.

"Lying on the grass in Adelaide's beautiful Botanic Park, surrounded by huge and ancient fig trees and listening to great music is as close to heaven we can hope for in this lifetime ..." - Bruce Elder, The Age

"It remains a long, curious, fascinating journey of discovery" - David Sly, The Advertiser

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2003 Poster

WOMADelaide 2003 Lineup

Music & Dance
  • Amjad Ali Khan (India)
  • Anagu Pitjantjatjara Inma (Australia)
  • Andy White (Ireland)
  • Apodimi Compania (Greece)
  • Australian Dance Theatre (Australia)
  • Badenya les Freres Coulibaly (Burkina Faso) 
  • The Bloody Marys (Australia)
  • Bob Brozman & Takahashi Hirayasu (USA)
  • Cara Dillon (Ireland) 
  • Cheikh Lo (Senegal)
  • Douglas Spotted Eagle (USA)
  • Ernest Ranglin (Jamaica)
  • Felpeyu (Spain)
  • Gamelan Sekar Laras (Indonesia)
  • HUMAN NATURE – Craig Walsh (Australia)
  • iOTA (Australia)
  • Julien Jacob (Berlin / West Indies / France)
  • Kavisha Mazzella (Australia)
  • Kerianne Cox (Australia)
  • Keriba Wakai – CASM Choir (Australia)
  • Khalil Gudaz (Afghanistan / Australia)
  • King Kadu (Australia)
  • La Volee d’Castors (Canada)
  • Liam Gerner (Australia)
  • Los de Abajo (Mexico)
  • Madosini (South Africa)
  • Mathew Barley (United Kingdom) 
  • Mei Han & Randy Raine-Reusch (China / Canada)
  • Papa Kwasi & the Iriehights (Australia)
  • Rachid Taha (Algeria / France)
  • Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali (Pakistan)
  • Shooglenifty (Scotland / United Kingdom)
  • Temple of Sound (United Kingdom)
  • The Waifs (Australia)
  • Toto La Momposina (Columbia)
  • Zulya (Australia)
  • The Bird Collective (Australia)
  • bP aka Brendan Palmer (Australia)
  • The Cat Empire (Australia)
  • Deepchild (Australia)
  • DJ Aah (UK / Australia)
  • DJs Angelina and Systa BB (Australia)
  • DJ Desperado (United Kingdom)
  • DJ Gemma (Australia)
  • Drum Drum (PNG / Fiji / Australia)
  • Kim Dezen (Australia)
  • Rah (Australia)
  • Mobin Master aka Tribal Funk (Australia)
  • Morganics and Elf Tranzporter, Brothablack and MC Wire (Australia)
  • Sanjii (Australia)
  • Systa BB (Australia)