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Womad finishes on a very positive note

23 February 2022

The 2021 edition of Womad Gran Canaria-Las Palmas de Gran Canaria finished on and “with a very positive balance” after four days of concerts, according to the director of the festival, Dania Dévora, who admits in advance that she is already working on the next one “with great enthusiasm”.

On Tuesday Dévora highlighted in a statement the “wonderful response of the public”, which has shown that “the feeling that we had that there was a desire for Womad was real and true.”

The balance is “very positive”, stressed Dévora, who also appreciates that it has been the “first Womad festival held after the pandemic” that has been developed “enjoying in a very similar way to what we know as normality, that is, standing up and with the possibility of dancing.

The influx of the public to the event “has been extraordinary during the four days” and it has been possible to ensure the safety of the attendees, respecting the protocols, and with a “great civility” of the attendees.

“The responsibility was enormous”, recalled Dévora, because “everyone was watching us”.

Between Thursday, November 11 and Sunday, November 14, a total of 29 artists of 19 nationalities passed through the stages of Santa Catalina Park, in addition to workshops for children and adults, the literary meeting “World of Words” and the traditional Casa África Film Series.

Dévora recalled that in addition to the social and cultural offering proposed by Womad, it has also been a “driving force for the local economy, with direct employment for professionals in the sector” and as a boost to the economy of other sectors, such as hotels and restaurants, which benefit from these types of gatherings during the celebration of the festival.

From the musical point of view, “it will have to be others who put the final note” to this festival, which he hopes will be positive because the poster brought together “all the elements of Womad”.

There have been performances by established artists whose career is beyond debate”, such as Amparanoia, Ana Tijoux, Oumou Sangaré, Dubioza Kolektiv or Raúl Rodríguez; or “emerging projects with a great future ahead of them, with an excellent staging, such as Cimafunk, My Baby, Bab L’Blue, Lova Lova or Ami Yerewolo”.

He has also highlighted proposals of popular culture from other countries, such as Pauanne, Vassvik, Trio Da Kali, Canzionere Grecanico Salentino or Noura Mint Seimaly, which “hardly have a place in the programming of other more conventional festivals”; and a wide representation of local artists, such as Basic Needs, The Conqueror Project, Laura Low, Foxy Mammals, Said Muti, Daniel Negrín or Ron Voodoo, as well as the three DJs from the Canary Islands.