The town of Gran Tarajal will host the festival during the weekend 7th, 8th and 9th
Maritime links and special airfares are enabled for easy movement between islands. The program will take a multicultural component protest against climate change
by Canarias Ahora – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
26/09/2014 – 13:50h
Womad Festival in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
The Womad Festival returns to the Canary Islands. The town of Gran Tarajal (Fuerteventura) has been chosen to host the 2014 edition of the Womad Festival. It will be the weekend of the 7th, 8th and 9th of November, which has been the usual date during the last nineteen years, when the festival was held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
The details of the organization and the advance programme of Womad Fuerteventura 2014 will be known shortly , according to the island govertment (Cabildo), the festival promoter. Its celebration in Fuerteventura is the result of work that began long ago, with the assistance of the City of Tuineje and the Canary Island Government, in addition to all the business of the area and many sponsors.
Sea connections and special airfares for fans of the festival will be available. “We know that the quality and history of Womad attracts many lovers of music and culture in general, so we wanted to advertise now so that people travelling from outside the island can plan better,” says MaríoCabrera, the president of the island goverment.
Needless to say there will be the same multicultural and protest components in te Womad programme which have charactered the festival during the last 30 years of its history. The struggle for the preservation of the environment, one of the foundations of Womad, have a special role in this edition, with the ongoing debate on oil drilling. ”It will be a very important international voice to defend the right of Canarian people to oppose having oil drilling in our waters, exactly now when they are threatening to start drilling and in an area near the drilling zone “says Mario Cabrera..
Dania Dévora, director for Womad in Spain and Portugal, has welcomed the return of the festival to the Canary Islands and for the interest of Fuerteventura, “an island that perfectly combines two very important aspects in Womad that are transcendental: the African vocation with a real openess to its rich culture, and preservation of the environment, where Fuerteventura is a pioneer. ”