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WOMAD is set to return to the Spanish town of Cáceres for the 22nd time over the weekend of 10-12 May 2013. Described in the Guardian as "possibly the most authentically medieval and Renaissance city still in existence", Cáceres offers one of the world's more unique festival settings.
And one of the best things about WOMAD Cáceres? Entrance is absolutely FREE!
Both music stages are located in plazas around the ancient city, which is an impressive mish-mash of Roman, Italian Renaissance, Moorish and Gothic architecture. The main stage, which has seen sets from the likes of Ska Cubano, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Femi Kuti in the past, overlooks the Plaza Mayor, while the more intimate, smaller stage is situated on the Plaza San Jorge. Here, at times during the weekend, the square gets so packed that festival-goers scale the sides of the walls and hang off the window guards to glimpse a sight of the artists on offer.
Above Plaza San Jorge, the Centro de Exposiciones houses the children's workshops. Expect an explosion of brightly coloured paint, streamers, glitter and glue throughout the weekend in this area. And expect more of the same on the Sunday when the kids wind their way through Cáceres' ancient streets showing off their inspired creations in the annual children's parade.
Also expect to eat well. Cáceres is famed for its stews, roast meats, fried breadcrumbs, trout, pastries and honey. All of this, alongside local arts and crafts and other gorgeous gifts are available in the vibrant market on the cobbled streets of Las Valetas.
Situated close to the Portuguese border in Extremadura in Western Spain, Cáceres nearest airport is Madrid, which is a four-hour drive away.
As befits a city festival, there is no camping, but Cáceres offers plenty of accommodation for festival-goers. There are details about booking accommodation ranging from budget to luxury from the Cáceres tourist office here.
To be announced. Keep an eye on the WOMAD website for details.
May 10-12 2013
Entrance is free
Unique to WOMAD Cáceres
Storks rest in the city's rooftops in giant nests of twigs.
Gosh doesn't time fly. The Early Bird ticket discount sale ends today.
Now might be the time to panic buy a WOMAD UK 2013 Early Bird ticket.
At least we think so.
Lord and Ladies.
Don't forget the Early Bird discount sale for WOMAD UK 2013 ends tomorrow.
Tis the season to be jolly… The WOMAD offices are closed for the festive season until January 2nd so we want to wish you all a wonderful few weeks. See you soon.
For those of you wishing to purchase early-bird tickets over the Xmas Season you will still be able to do this on the internet or the box office number is 0118 9606060.
Box office opening hours during the festive season is:
Christmas eve = 10.00-5.00
Xmas day = Closed
Boxing day = 12.00-5
28th = 10-5
29th = 12.00-5.00
30th = 12.00 -5.00
31st = 10.00-5.00
1st January = closed
The WOMAD Team