The extensive 2016 program featured a record 700+ artists and speakers from 30 countries, alongside new experiences and innovations including, Jeremy Deller’s life-sized, interactive bouncy Stonehenge and the creation of the WoMade ‘boutique’ showcasing Adelaide’s local makers and designers.

Among the many highlights over the weekend was a stunning collaboration between Benin’s Angélique Kidjo and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on opening night, gypsy flamenco singer Diego el Cigala, Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda Trio, American singer-songwriter John Grant, Mali’s Songhoy Blues, remarkable English vocalist Eska, the powerful protest dance music of 47SOUL from Palestine, Syria and Jordan and exhilarating dance companies Djuki Mala and ADT.

David Suzuki’s inspiring and topical keynote address highlighted the 2016 Planet Talks program, which saw the forum of environmental discussion panels gather its largest audiences to date; while legendary UK cross-genre party band Asian Dub Foundation exploded onto the Foundation Stage bringing the festival to an unforgettable end.

"The event remains a veritable jewel in the crown of Australian music festivals" - Rhythms Magazine

"The total WOMADelaide experience – dancing barefoot on the grass; watching silk flags fluttering at sunset; wandering between stages to swap glitzy Bollywood fanfares for guttural Tibetan chants – is always more than the sum of its parts" - Jessica Nicholas, Sydney Morning Herald

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WOMADelaide 2016 Lineup

Music & Dance
  • 47SOUL (Palestine / Syria / Jordan)
  • Ainslie Wills (Australia)
  • Ajak Kwai (Sudan / Australia)
  • All Our Exes Live in Texas (Australia)
  • Alpine (Australia)
  • Alsarah & the Nubatones (Sudan / USA)
  • Angelique Kidjo (Benin) & the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (Australia)
  • APY Choir (Australia)
  • Asha Bhosle (India)
  • Asian Dub Foundation (UK)
  • Australian Dance Theatre “The Beginning of Nature” (Australia)
  • Calexico (USA)
  • Cedric Burnside Project (USA)
  • Cirque Alfonse (Canada)
  • DakhaBrakha (Ukraine)
  • Datakae (Australia)
  • De La Soul (USA)
  • Debashish Bhattacharya (India)
  • Diego el Cigala (Spain)
  • Djuki Mala (Australia)
  • Edmar Castañeda Trio (Colombia / USA)
  • Eska (UK)
  • Ester Rada (Ethiopia / Israel)
  • Hazmat Modine (USA)
  • Husky (Australia)
  • Ibeyi (Cuba / France)
  • John Grant (USA)
  • Kev Carmody (Australia)
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo (South Africa)
  • Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat (Iran)
  • Marcellus Pittman (USA)
  • Marlon Williams & the Yarra Benders (NZ / Australia)
  • Miles Cleret (UK)
  • Mojo Juju (Australia)
  • Mortisville vs The Chief (Australia)
  • Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro (Japan)
  • NO ZU (Australia)
  • Orange Blossom (France / Egypt)
  • Osunlade (USA)
  • Problems (Australia)
  • Quarter Street (Australia)
  • Radical Son (Tonga / Australia)
  • Ripley (Australia)
  • Sadar Bahar (USA)
  • Sampa the Great (Zambia / Australia)
  • Sarah Blasko (Australia)
  • Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico (Greece)
  • Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)
  • Songhoy Blues (Mali)
  • Spiro (UK)
  • St Germain (France)
  • Surahn (Australia)
  • Tek Tek Ensemble  (Australia)
  • The Cat Empire (Australia)
  • The Jerry Cans (Canada)
  • The Once (Canada)
  • The Spooky Men's Chorale (Australia)
  • The Strides (Australia)
  • Tulegur (China)
  • Violent Femmes (USA)
  • Wasted Wanderers (Australia)
  • Zeequil (Australia)
  • 숨[su:m] (South Korea)
Site & Roving Artists
  • Acrojou "The Wheel House" (UK)
  • Fair Play Comedy "Fairly Fresh Fish Company" (UK)
  • Jeremy Deller's "Sacrilege" (UK)
  • The Miraculous Theatre Company "Romantic Botanic" (UK)
The Planet Talks
  • Amelia Telford (Australia)
  • Daniel Spencer (Australia)
  • David Suzuki (Canada)
  • Dee Madigan (Australia)
  • Dr Karl Kruszelnicki (Australia)
  • Felicia Whiting (Australia)
  • First Dog on The Moon (Australia)
  • Indira Naidoo (Australia)
  • Jane Caro (Australia)
  • John Hewson (Australia)
  • Lenore Taylor (Australia)
  • Naomi Oreskes (USA)
  • Paul Willis (Australia)
  • Robyn Williams (Australia)
  • Ross Garnaut (Australia)
  • Simon Hackett (Australia)
  • Tanya Monro (Australia)
  • Tory Shepherd (Australia)
  • Carclew
  • Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
  • Evelyn Roth's Nylon Zoo
  • Maybe ( ) Together - “The Future Postal Service“
  • SA Museum Explorers' Tent