Bluethumb Goes to WOMADelaide!

The luscious Botanic Park of Adelaide yearly become home to the city’s edition of WOMAD, the World of Music, Art and Dance Festival. With a central aim of celebrating the creativity and sounds of the planet, people flock from all parts of the country to WOMADelaide festival in March each year. Naturally, with an ethos that aligns with our own, we wanted to be involved!

We had a fabulous time at the festival over the long weekend, where we ran a stall for the first time. Filled to the brim with spectacular art from a range of Aboriginal art centres and independent best selling artists, our stall captured the attention of festival-goers of all ages. Kids were captivated by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers sculptures; the adults even more so by the beguiling Indigenous art that splashed colour across the stall.

Bluethumb's art stall at WOMADelaide 2020

The stall was filled with eye-catching art that drew many curious attendees in!

WOMADelaide kicked off at 4pm sharp on Friday 6th March. As people trickled through after work, the grounds filled up with people of all ages gathering for a single purpose – to have a good time with some incredible music and arts from all around the globe. Friday’s festivities were inaugurated with a traditional Welcome to Country, and straightaway got stuck in with some big names –  such as Aussie legend and Eurovision star Kate Miller-Heidke and long-standing crowd favourites The Cat Empire.

Bluethumb's art stall at WOMADelaide 2020

The festival attracts 18,000-20,000 people each day!

WOMAD is a huge part of Adelaide’s calendar for the year. Arriving at the end of Fringe, it caps off a busy month of arts for the small city. Each year features a stellar lineup, and crowds journey from all over the country to attend the festival. If you’re considering attending, we’d recommend it as one of the most pleasant and relaxed festivals in Australia!

Over the four days of jam-packed fun, we were thrilled to meet artists and art fans from all walks of life. We spoke to people keen to find a stand-out piece for their tiny house builds, families renovating their homes and some of our artists even stopped by. Our aim for the stall was to get the word out there about our artists and how easy buying art can be, and it was a huge success. The sales were a winning bonus!

Tjanpi Desert Arts at Bluethumb's WOMADelaide stall

Eye-catching favourites by Tjanpi Desert Weavers made a stunning impact in front of the canvases.

Scroll down for some more photos from the weekend or shop the works on display in our WOMADelaide curation.

Bluethumb's art stall at WOMADelaide

Colouring table at Bluethumb's WOMAD stall

The colouring table in our stall was popular with little ones (and their parents!)

WOMADelaide 2020

These massive puppets were a huge hit every day!

Setting up Bluethumb's stall at WOMADelaide 2020.

Lucky our co-founder Ed was tall enough to hang the Flat Flying Tjulpu during set up!

WOMADelaide 2020

Lanterns made out of lightshades created a cosy night-time space to chill out!

Move over, kids: Our in-house photographer Megan has a crack at a different media!

Did you make it to the festival? We’d love to know your thoughts in the comments section below!

Linocut print by Australian artist Marinka Parnham.
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