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Almost 90,000 celebrate WOMADelaide's 25th anniversary

GALLERY: Changeable weather may have contributed to a slight drop in numbers at WOMADelaide this year, but almost 90,000 people still gathered in Botanic Park to see more than 400 artists over the long weekend.

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Highlights included Austrian electro-swing act Parov Stelar; Mali singer Inna Modja; The Phillip Glass Ensemble’s performance of the live score for Koyaanisqatsi; immersive fire installation Cie Carabosse; New Orleans jazz-funk outfit The Hot 8 Brass Band; high-energy Malian big band Bamba Wassoulou Groove, and British ska band The Specials, who performed the closing show last night.

“It has been a tremendous celebration for our 25th anniversary – a fantastic program which was embraced by a wonderfully receptive and appreciative WOMADelaide audience,” said director Ian Scobie.

The 2016 WOMADelaide broke previous crowd records, with around 95,000 people attending over four days in near-perfect weather.

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Fire installation Cie Carabosse – Exodus of the Forgotten Peoples. Photo: Tony Lewis

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Chilean singer Ana Tijoux. Photo: Tony Lewis

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Colombian "break salsa orchestra" La Mambanegra. Photo: Tony Lewis

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Bamba Wassoulou Groove. Photo: Tony Lewis

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Brazilian bossa nova artist Bebel Gilberto. Photo: Tony Lewis

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Singer Cleo Panther from sassy electro-swing group Parov Stelar. Photo: Tony Lewis

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Music fans brave the rain for The Hot 8 Brass Band's Sunday performance. Photo: Tony Lewis

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Australian act AB Original. Photo: Tony Lewis

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La Mambanegra. Photo: Tony Lewis

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Oumou Sangare – the "Songbird from Wassoulou". Photo: Tony Lewis

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British band The Specials closed out the festival. Photo: Tony Lewis

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Crowds under WOMADelaide's trademark Angus Watt flags. Photo: Tony Lewis

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