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River Stage weekend takeover: WOMAD

WOMAD

11 to 13 August

River Stage weekend takeover: WOMAD

WOMAD stands for the World of Music, Arts and Dance, and gives its name to the internationally established WOMAD Festival that brings together artists from all over the globe.

Summer pop-ups
While visiting, why not grab a drink or a bite to eat from one of the new summer pop-ups? Enjoy a gourmet wood-fired pizza from the Pizza Van, mix yourself a cocktail made of botanical ingredients from the Apothecary bar or grab a cold beer from the Understudy Riverside Pop-Up Bar. There is something for everyone at the NT this summer.

Friday

Afro Cluster

19:00 – 20:00

Afro Cluster are a Cardiff based band that meld authentic sounds and rhythms of afro-funk and hip-hop with impassioned, politically conscious lyrics atop bold melodies, afro-beat aural acrobatics, rich harmonies and complex rhythms.

Mr Benn ft. Souls Liberation & Bongosan

20:30 – 22:30

Reared on a tasty diet of Aswad, The Specials and King Tubby, 90s hip hop, plenty of jungle and hi-life rhythms, the musical influences behind DJ / producer Mr Benn’s sound are always rooted in a passion for the heavy bass that his home town of Bristol is renowned for.

Saturday

Jus Dance workshop

13:00 – 13:45

Facilitated by Jamaican dancer and choreographer, Ripton Lindsay, these family workshops combine a mix of his traditional Jamaican dance moves as well as reggae, calypso and creative movements. The workshops are based around fun and energetic steps leading into a routine at the end of the session.

Beatboxing vocal workshop

14:00 – 14:45

Join an immersive beatboxing experience with UK beatboxing champion Grace Savage. Learn the basic skills, jam with Grace and even have a go at beatboxing into a microphone and hearing your beats blasting out of an amplifier!

Msafiri Zawose

15:00 – 15:45

Tanzania’s charismatic Gogo innovator Msafiri Zawose and his five-member group draw on dozens of hand-wrought instruments to unfold complex compositions. They turn cyclical pieces into choruses, bridges, and intriguing moments of arresting, tight harmonies. Layers build, repeating elements overlap and turn to grooves.

NIMBA workshop & performance

15:45 – 16:45

This is an energetic, at times highly acrobatic display of West African dance. The accompanying musicians don't disappoint either, whether delivering furious percussive work-outs or undulating melodies of the balafon and Fulani flute. Nimba's focus is on recounting the mythologies and history of Guinea through choreography. It'll be the most physical history lesson you've ever had!

AKA George

17:15 – 18:15

AKA GEORGE is a young, British multi-instrumentalist who writes, sings, produces and above all, performs. From headlining the Silverhayes stage at Glastonbury to his own packed out secret gigs around London, this August he brings his reckless, passionate and inspiring stage presence to the River Stage.

The Bollywood Brass Band

18:45 – 19:45

The Bollywood Brass Band is the UK’s pioneering Indian-style brass band. Their previous CD, Chaiyya Chaiyya, was nominated for a Songlines Award, and was a Sunday Times top 10 world music album.

‘Joyous…. Electrifying horn riffs and percussion… irresistible’ SUNDAY TIMES

Gypsy Hill

20:15 – 21:15

Gypsy Hill play an intoxicating mix of Balkan brass, Mediterranean surf rock, ska and swing. Featuring guitars, horns, tuba, a scratch DJ and a mix of live and electronic beats, Gypsy Hill effortlessly mix the traditional with a uniquely modern sound.

DJ – Movimientos

21:30 – 22:30

Cal Jader is one of the musical activists, founders and original 'dancehall caballeros' behind Movimientos and Love Carnival. With his trademark blend of red hot 'classico' latin beats, uptempo carnival rhythms, tropical bass and fresh global sounds, he is helping to soundtrack London's alternative club scene in the UK and Europe.

Sunday

Jus Dance workshop

12:00 – 12:45

Facilitated by Jamaican dancer and choreographer, Ripton Lindsay, these family workshops combine a mix of his traditional Jamaican dance moves as well as reggae, calypso and creative movements. The workshops are based around fun and energetic steps leading into a routine at the end of the session.

Beatboxing vocal workshop

13:00 – 13:45

Join an immersive beatboxing experience with UK beatboxing champion Grace Savage. Learn the basic skills, jam with Grace and even have a go at beatboxing into a microphone and hearing your beats blasting out of an amplifier!

See more family activities at the NT here.

Amira Kheir

14:15 – 15:15

Hailed as the ‘Diva of the Sudanese desert’ (BBC World News) Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir has been enchanting audiences around the world with an experimental sound inspired by traditional music from her homeland Sudan and anchored in experimental jazz and soul. The result is a unique style of Sudani-Jazz.

Soothsayers

15:45 – 16:45

A proven and unstoppable force on the UK music scene for over a decade, Soothsayers have added their mouth watering afrobeat and dubalicious flavours to an impressive list of festivals, venues and theatres around the world.

Summer pop-ups

Apothecary Cocktail Bar

An outdoor pop-up cocktail bar on the river front.

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Ice Cream Van

Our vintage ice cream van selling soft serve ice cream, gelato and soft drinks.

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National Theatre Ice cream van

Garden Bar at the Green Room

Enjoy a refreshing cocktail or glass of wine on the grass in the Green Room Garden.

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Green Room Garden Bar

Pizza Van

Pizza made to order in our wood-fired oven, in a vintage Citroen van.

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Pizza Van - pizzas in the oven