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More than 90,000 party the long weekend away at WOMADelaide

GALLERY: Acts from French pop powerhouse Christine and the Queens to Grammy-winning singer Angélique Kidjo and Flamenco pioneer María Pagés wowed more than 90,000 festival-goers at this year’s WOMADelaide.

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WOMADelaide director Ian Scobie said “fantastic weather, amazing audiences, and incredible artists” were at the heart of the success of the 2019 festival, which featured more than 700 artists and speakers from over 35 countries.

“This year’s line-up encapsulated the extraordinary diversity of the international arts and music community from every corner of the globe,” he said.

“From the world renowned Original Gypsies closing the festival on Monday night, to the eclectic collaboration of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble, the arresting and thought-provoking conversations started from WOMADelaide Planet Talks program, and the delightful discovery of The Leafies [plant sculptures made from leaves], from France’s Le Phun.”

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Christine and The Queens were a highlight of the Friday night line-up. Photo: Tony Lewis

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Angélique Kidjo performing songs from her reimagined rendition of Talking Heads' Remain In Light. Photo: Tony Lewis

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Mali singer Fatoumata Diawara. Photo: Tony Lewis

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Fatoumata Diawara. Photo: Tony Lewis

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Christine and the Queens. Photo: Tony Lewis

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Christine and the Queens. Photo: Tony Lewis

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The Colour of Time - a 'processional kaleidoscope of dance, music and colour'. Photo: Tony Lewis

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The Colour of Time. Photo: Tony Lewis

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Members of the Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Choir. Photo: Tony Lewis

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Compagnie BiLBobaSSo's tango-inspired performance Amor. Photo: Tony Lewis

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The Bells, by 5AngryMen. Photo: Tony Lewis

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The making of Marseille-based artist Olivier Grossetête's Ephemeral City cardboard tower. Photo: Tony Lewis

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Ephemeral City. Photo: Tony Lewis

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Helping create the Ephemeral City cardboard tower. Photo: Tony Lewis

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Classical and jazz harpist Alina Bzhezhinska. Photo: Tony Lewis

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A member of the Grammy-winning Silkroad Ensemble. Photo: Tony Lewis

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Silkroad Ensemble. Photo: Tony Lewis

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UK act The Correspondents. Photo: Tony Lewis

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The Correspondents. Photo: Tony Lewis

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