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05 septembre 2005

World of friends

MUSIC: World of friends
Tan Hee Hui

Sept 5

ANOTHER successful WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) festival was organised in Singapore last week.

Held at the Fort Canning Park, the three-day festival drew about 3,000 people on the first night, 4,000 on the second and 2,000 on the last night. With the main showcases and workshops held simultaneously at any one time, one could only catch either.The main showcases, held at the Fort Green Stage, the main performance area, were the crowd-pullers. Some sat on the spacious lawn while others stood, ready for some full-on dancing.

Most of the acts’ showmanship blazed the stage, aptly supported by the sophisticated stage lighting that razzled and dazzled the crowd. Despite almost being blinded at times, one could appreciate the acts’ earnestness to impress, even captivate the audience, comprising a good mix of locals, expats and tourists.Most of them made merry on the spacious grounds, boozing and simply dancing with joyous abandon. They had every reason to...

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