TEDsters trek to WOMAD

Posted by: Emily McManus


Immediately after TEDGlobal 2009, a group of TEDsters took off for WOMAD at Charlton Park — the three-day world music festival founded by TED speaker Peter Gabriel (watch his talk from 2006). Sleeping in teepees, rocking all night … the pictures tell the story. Above, twilight bubbles, photographed by TED’s Lara Stein, director of the TEDx program.

Below, Peter Gabriel dropped by the TEDGlobal Internet Cafe tent. (Photo: Gary Shainberg)


At the Internet Cafe tent, Lara Stein hangs out with Cara Muñeca (in the pink wig). (Photo: Laura Galloway)


And of course: the music! Youssou N’Dour, Rokia Traoré (who played at TEDGlobal 2007), blues legend Solomon Burke … Lara’s picks: “Rachael Unthank and the Winterset was incredible! Hypnotic Brass Ensemble; Rokia, the Black Arm Band, Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan, Shlomo and the Vocal Orchestra. And of course Peter Gabriel…. And many more. There were 4 stages with acts playing from 11am-12 midnight.” (Photo: Laura Galloway)


Comments (3)

  • Phil Klein commented on Nov 30 2012

    goodness that was such an unforgettably good time.

  • joa griffith commented on Jul 28 2009

    I’d love to witness such event too. I wish I could join that next year.

  • Peter Wyborn commented on Jul 28 2009

    I am a regular annual attender at Womad and have also subscribed to TED for a couple of years now. Imagine my joy as a fan at a chance meeting with Peter Gabriel at WOMAD ’08 in the Aboretum in Charlton Park and being able to tell him I had watched his speech on TED for Witness. Imagine how pleased I was to see TED at this year’s WOMAD but please appreciate my disappointment that TED was not offering any real live presentations on location which is what I would have hoped for. Next year perhaps TED?