With attendances approaching 65,000 - 70,000 annually, facilities across the site were significantly upgraded. On-site ATMs were introduced, and WOMADelaide became ‘carbon-neutral’ for the first time. The first week-long visual arts workshops at the Community Arts Network (with Cuban papier-mache artists, the Mora Brothers) was held.

Stage 4 was renamed the 'Zoo Stage', Stage 5 'The Moreton Bay Stage' and Stage 6 'The Dell'.

Memorable moments included Ozomatli playing out amongst the crowd, the inimitable Ritchie Havens, Cie Carabosse with LoJo, and Vusi Mahlasela.

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2005 Poster

WOMADelaide 2005 Lineup

Music & Dance
  • Adel Salameh Trio (Palestine / Algeria)
  • Akhter Jahan (Bangladesh / Australia)
  • Alpha Blondy & the Solar System (Cote d'lvoire)
  • The Audreys (Australia)
  • Café of the Gate of Salvation (Australia)
  • Capercaillie (Scotland, UK)
  • Cie Carabosse (France)
  • Daara J (Senegal)
  • Dulsori (South Korea)
  • George Rrurrambu & Birdwave (Australia)
  • Harper (Australia)
  • Jali Buba Kuyateh (Gambia)
  • Jim Moray 4 (England, UK)
  • Kronos Quartet (USA)
  • Les Yeux Noirs (France)
  • Lo’Jo (France) 
  • Mahinarangi Tocker (New Zealand)
  • Mia Dyson (Australia)
  • Nadya’s 101 Candles Orkestra (Australia)
  • Nick Parnell Trio (Australia)
  • Not Drowning, Waving (Australia / PNG)
  • Ozomatli (USA)
  • Patrick Duff & Alex Lee (England, UK)
  • Pigram Brothers (Australia)
  • Richie Havens (USA)
  • Sally Ford & the Pachuco Playboys (Australia)
  • Silvia Entcheva (Bulgaria / Australia)
  • Te Matarae i Orehu (New Zealand)
  • Tony Mac Mahon (Ireland)
  • Ustad Rashid Khan (India)
  • Vusi Mahlasela (South Africa)
  • Yair Dalal & the Asmar Ensemble (Israel)
  • Zap Mama (Cameroon / Zaire)