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WOMAD Speaks Again an International Language
Belkys Rodríguez Blanco
The British singer-songwriter and rock composer Peter Gabriel decided to show the world during the 80s that "music is an international language that makes people gather together and which highlights how stupid racism can be". WOMAD was born based on that premise, it is a cultural festival of popular and ethnic music, craftwork and leisure activities organised in different countries.
It was held for the first time in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 1993. The first editions took place in Las Canteras Beach; later on, in the famous Santa Catalina Park. Prestigious musicians like Van Morrison, Sonic Youth, Joe Strummer, Youssou N´Dour, Noa, Femi Kuti, Suzanne Vega, Enrique Morente, Khaled, Salif Keita, The Waterboys, Kevin Johansen, Midge Ure, Ali Farka Toure, Susana Baca, Concha Buika, La Mala Rodríguez, Cheikh Lô, Amparanoia, El Guincho, Niña Pastori, José Mercé, Estrella Morente, among others, represent the quality of this event among continents that will arrive to the capital city of Gran Canaria from the 15th to the 18th of November.
Canarias7 newspaper published that Fair Saturday Foundation has awarded this international organization one of the Fair Saturday 2018 prizes to acknowledge its "extraordinary contribution to promote music as an international language and as a powerful means to spread social values around the world through this festival, which is one of the most known and long-lasting ones in the world". These awards were given for the first time in Bilbao in 2017 and the idea was to propose them as an alternative to Black Friday. The prizes aim to acknowledge the work of international organizations that make social impact by promoting culture instead of consumerism.
Cultural experiences are becoming more and more trendy. That kind of activities attract many visitors. A guided tour in a beautiful old town or a tour to discover film settings are two interesting options for curious visitors who want to collect stories from every corner in the world. Walking through the oldest neighbourhood in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria hand in hand with the novelist Don Benito Pérez Galdós and visiting the places where Allied, by the Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis, was filmed are two experiences that can be the cherry on top of these four days full of music.
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