Sound and vision blog

01 July 2015

The British Library at WOMAD

The British Library is celebrating 30 years of collaboration with WOMAD.

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British Library WOMAD crew 2007

The British Library’s relationship with WOMAD is nearly as long as the festival's existence. Since 1985, missing only 3 years, we have been present at WOMAD's major annual summer event in the UK. Each year a small team of staff from the Library has spent an enjoyable weekend making documentary recordings of as many of the performances as possible. 

In total we hold over 2000 hours of music recorded at WOMAD, backed up digitally for preservation and onsite access. See more here.

WOMAD is the only music festival that has this incredible relationship with the British Library, and to celebrate we are collaborating to offer one lucky winner a pair of tickets to this year’s festival at Charlton Park (24th-26th July) and an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the British Library Sound Archive in London for four people. For more information click here.

Find out more about the work of the British Libary's Sound Archive and our new Save our Sounds programme.

Follow the British Library Sound Archive on Twitter via @soundarchive and tag with #SaveOurSounds

Follow the British Library's World and Traditional Music activities on Twitter via @BL_WorldTrad 

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