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WOMADelaide 2021 – COVID-safe

WOMADelaide 2021
February 26th, 2021 by

I have to confess that I felt cheated when I first saw the COVID-safe plan for WOMADelaide 2021. How can it be WOMADelaide if it’s not in beautiful Botanic Park, and if it’s really just a series of 4 evening sit-down concerts?

But eventually I realised I was being greedy. After all, how lucky were we to squeeze in a full WOMADelaide last year, just before COVID lockdowns and border closures swung into force?

And I also remembered how brilliant the mini-WOMAD in the Vales had been in 1998, starring the late great Geoffrey Oryema of Uganda.


WOMADelaide 2020

Gelareh Pour's Garden
March 10th, 2020 by

The wonderful weekend of WOMADelaide 2020 is done, but the impact remains. The global sounds are etched into our souls and the images from around Botanic Park remain in our mind’s eye.


Subramaniam and Yehudi Menuhin

Dr L. Subramaniam
March 2nd, 2020 by

The late great Yehudi Menuhin is widely regarded as being one of the finest violinists of the 20th century.

Menuhin is quoted as saying: “I find nothing more inspiring than the music-making of my very great colleague Subramaniam. Each time I listen to him, I am carried away in wonderment.”


WOMADelaide – best weekend of the year

February 25th, 2020 by

Whenever summer begins to make way for the dappled light of autumn, my mind turns to WOMADelaide; the expectation of the year’s best weekend coming up, and the memories of so many previous WOMADelaides.


How to subscribe to the magazine – FAQ

New Internationalist magazine subscriptions
August 18th, 2019 by

Here are some common questions about starting or renewing a New Internationalist magazine subscription.

Q: I don’t have a PayPal account and don’t use credit cards
A: That’s OK.  You can pay by EFT. 

  • Pay either via your online banking, or by taking a cheque or cash to your local bank branch.

Fatoumata Diawara on Mali, music and militants

Fatoumata Diawara on stage
January 29th, 2019 by

I had a chat with Fatoumata Diawara ahead of her appearance at WOMADelaide 2019.

Brian: First of all, many congratulations on your nomination for this year’s Grammy Awards for your album Fenfo. Will you be attending the Awards Ceremony?

Fatou: Yes, I’m going to go, definitely. Last year it was the Victoires de la Musique in France, so I’m familiar with the significance of the ceremonies.

Brian: Many West African artists we’ve had at WOMADelaide have been in the wall of sound tradition, with horns, electric guitars and kora all competing for attention. But your new album Fenfo is much more spacious and open in style. Is that the style you prefer to use?

Fatoumata Diawara

New Internationalist Calendars and Diaries available now

New Internationalist calendars and diaries
September 5th, 2018 by

If you’ve had some of our beautiful New Internationalist Calendars and Diaries before, you’ll know how striking and colourful they are, presenting a positive world-view.

The 2019 editions are available now. Yes, I know, 2019 sounds a bit alarming when it’s only September. But each year a few people miss out because they don’t order early enough, and I don’t want you to be one of them.

This year ordering is different. We don’t have stock in our office; instead ordering online through Booktopia is best. Click a link below for the items you want:

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New Internationalist digital magazines
June 12th, 2018 by

If you’re getting an error message saying something like “Secure connection failed” or “Your connections is not private” when visiting the New Internationalist digital magazine site, it’s a false flag.  Here’s how to fix it.

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Nano Stern on Chilean musical heritage and the revolutionary act of kindness

Nano Stern
February 12th, 2018 by

Ahead of his appearance at WOMADelaide 2018, I spoke with Chilean singer, multi-instrumentalist and song-writer Nano Stern about cultural heritage, his hopes for the future and the incomparable instrument, the human voice.

Brian:  It’s been six years since we last saw you perform at WOMADelaide, and eight years since your Live in Concert album was recorded in Mullumbimby. What are the main changes we can expect at WOMADelaide 2018? Different instruments and band line-up? More influence of rock and jazz or stronger influence of Chilean roots since your return to live in Santiago? (more…)

A curious story on the West’s fatal attraction to Asia’s education system

Education testing
September 12th, 2017 by

In case you missed it, there’s a fascinating piece in the New Internationalist magazine – Bad Education: Time to fix it – that’s being widely read.