Antrim • Ballymena • Banbridge • Belfast • Coleraine • Craigavon • Derry City
Down • Dungannon • Limavady • Lisburn • Moyle • Newtownabbey • North Down • Omagh

Welcome to WOMAD

The World Of Music Arts & Dance in Northern Ireland

In partnership with WOMAD, the world's most prestigious & largest international festival spanning 28 countries, Beyond Skin have planned & launched a four year 'Outreach Programme' through workshops, showcase events & festivals involving schools, youth & adult groups across Northern Ireland.

The Creative Legacy

From the initial Belfast City Council Peace III £16,000 investment in January 2013, the WOMAD in Northern Ireland outreach programme has blossomed expanding to 13 council districts.

Come the end of 2014 we have... Hosted 350 workshops
Including 6 large showcase events
Provided paid employment to over 50 professionals & artists
Over 3,200 people have been involved
Over 500 people learned an artistic skill
Along the way... WOMAD brought communities together
WOMAD empowered young people
WOMAD raised local confidence
WOMAD helped people gain a greater understanding & respect of world cultures

Now that's what we consider to be the definition of a legacy!

2015 will see the programme expand even further. We will see the arrival of the WOMAD Foundation to our shores...and...dare we say...a festival?

Want to get your school, youth/community group involved? Contact the team!

T: +44(0)78 77756987   •   E:

This website will be the hub for all events past and present within this 4 year plan. We'll be showing you photos, videos, press releases, testimonials and so much more from every workshop, showcase event and festivals that have happened, are in the making and an insight into the bigger things which lie ahead.

There's already a huge buzz and even more excitement for what lies join us on this unique, wonderful journey! We invite and welcome you! There are other WOMAD websites all over the world - from the UK to New Zealand. If you are not familiar with who and what WOMAD is - you soon will and you'll be stunned at what an amazing concept it is! You can follow @WOMADBelfast on Twitter - which links in with all tweets within the WOMAD stratosphere!
WOMAD have found an excellent partner in Beyond Skin to work with us in delivering our shared goals of using the Arts to challenge children & young people's prejudices & unlocking the creative spark within. Understanding the world as a single global community has never been more important than it is now, wherever you are. WOMAD looks forward to this being the start of a long term partnership in Belfast leading to a festival event in the near future.” Chris Smith, WOMAD Director
WOMAD is a brand recognised the world over for its contribution not only to world music, but also to promoting education, community development & cultural understanding & we are extremely proud to be bring their work & ethos to Northern Ireland.” Darren Ferguson, Manger Beyond Skin