To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the WOMAD Festival a dvd will be produced of its history and 5 x 10 minute films by different directors about the festival in 2007.
Each film director will deliver a unique 10 minute piece relating to the Womad festival. Under the Done and Dusted wing of Hamish Hamilton directors will be sought to deliver treatment/script of their idea.
Directors will be encouraged to think outside the box whilst sticking to the brief of relating to the WOMAD Festival.
Directors Brief from Hamish Hamilton
On July 29 2007 in the English countryside begins the 25th year of the WOMAD Festival. Directors are invited to suggest an idea for a 10 minute film they can make relating to the festival.
Chosen films will be commissioned and delivered to end up on a DVD celebrating 25 years of WOMAD.
Crew will be given passes for WOMAD as necessary access where possible.
We are looking for unique viewpoints and will welcome brilliant ideas that embrace the infinite possibilities of connected stories. WOMAD Festival is about world music, arts and dance.
Directors interested in this project please send treatments and scripts to:
Every race, age and sex welcome. Ideas by 0900 on the 18 July please.
Films will need to be shot and delivered on DV quality or above.
There is a £4,000 fund to help in the making of each film and a budget for how this is to be spent should also be submitted.
The name of Hukwe Zawose is legendary in East African music and beyond. His appearances at past WOMAD Festivals have become mythic, his recordings for Real World Records and his work with Peter Gabriel and Michael Brook established this great traditional artist in a contemporary context. Peter Gabriel said Hukwe Zawose's music was "some of the most beautiful music we have ever put out on Real World Records" and invited him to be the support act for the 2003 'Growing Up' tour of North America. This was to be Hukwe's last trip abroad. On returning to Tanzania at the end of that year he died suddenly of AIDS, followed only one year later by his young nephew and collaborator Charles Zawose.
In spite of the hardships this devastation has brought to the family, the music has survived - the house in Bagamoyo, Tanzania is still buzzing with sound, possibly more than before as conscious mortality makes what is left over even more sacred. There is a new energy in the family learning from the bad times and building for a better future for the whole family and its music - a music that will never be lost.
For the first time the new generation of the Zawose Family are touring the UK this summer (inclding WOMAD Charlton Park) . To celebrate the return of this inspirational family Real World has released a new CD. 'Small Things Fall From the Baobab Tree' traces the extraordinary legacy, as one musical legend passes and the door opens on a new era. Recorded at Real World Studios and at radio station in Seattle a number of these songs are the last ever recordings of the great Hukwe Zawose and his uniquely talented nephew Charles before their untimely deaths. The CD also introduces the voice of the new generation - the young Zawose Family - rapturous, joyous, polyphonic singing accompanying buzzing thumb pianos, soaring izeze fiddle and exuberant rhythms.
The CD will sold in support of the charitable Zawose Foundation and available mail order or at the band's live appearances this summer. More information about the Zawose family, the Foundation and a new documentary film about the Zawose story go to the link below.
The British designer Claire Campbell, who is recognized as a leading creative talent in contemporary clothing design, has drawn on her 20-year s experience to create the clothing Peter and the band are wearing on 'The Warm Up Tour: Summer 07'. Claire's clothing is 'casual yet sophisticated' with her own hallmark of 'love for detail' and 'styling with a human touch'.
Interfashion S.p.A., a Rimini-based clothing and accessories company, is preparing to launch their new brand HIGH designed by Claire Campbell early in 2007 with the Fall/Winter 07/08 season.
Members of The Full Moon Club can now share their images of The Warm Up Tour: Summer 07 with other users, simply visit your 'Profile' page and use the for to add images. Users who have added images will have an icon displayed next to their nickname in the Forums which will allow you to view their gallery. Assuming you upload some pictures, we'll be developing other pages to display these in the coming days.
A side-effect of the new image upload system is that Avatar images should now upload and display without any of the distortion that some of you may have experienced.
Peter Gabriel talks about the music of Kong Nay and the work of Cambodian Living Arts.
It seems we really can't escape the rain, which has been so crazy in Hannover that we've had to relocate tonight's show.
We've moved indoors to the AWD Hall, which is just across the road from the original venue, the Gilde Parkbuhne - so tonight's show should really be warm...strange the buzz of expectation and excitement that a roof is brining to the setup! It's going to be a great show tonight, with for once the music being the only generator of steam. We hope to see you later, no umbrella required!
Rising star of African music, the young Daby Touré has just been announced as the support act for Peter Gabirel at the festival Vielles Charrues, Carhaix, West France. The event has a great line up of music, including Toumast (newly signed to Real World outside of France).
Daby will also be performing at WOMAD Charlton Park on Friday 27 July - on the Saddlespan stage plus a special performance on the BBC Radio 3 Stage.
The 20 winners from the competition mentioned here have now been emailed - we're all just hoping for sunshine at Eden!
If you are going to be at the Peter's Eden show on Wednesday you might like to enter the competition in our latest mailout, to win special access passes.
Alongside gearing up for the tour, Peter's Engineer, Richard Chappell, has been hard at work promoting 'The Flute Player'; a screening of a one hour documentary film about the life and work of Arn Chorn-Pond and a performance of traditional music from Cambodia by Kong Nay.
Tour preparation, keyboard player Angie Pollock, The Elders, Football, Australian luminaries, trains and telephones are all to be found in this months update.
We've managed to reach a long overdue decision on the two recent Real World Remixed competitions - lots listening and debating was involved, followed by more listening and then some debating!
Thanks to everyone who took part, both with remixes and competition top 10 lists, and congratulations to the winners.
We'll be emailing all the winners in the next few days.
Tina's update brings news of more than the usual amount of coffee and chocolates along with two competitions this month to win signed photos and a pair of tickets to WOMAD's 25th anniversary at Charlton Park.
Peter's show in June 20th, previously the second date in Hamburg has been switched for a date at Cornwall's Eden Project.
A specially-created concert featuring Peter Gabriel at the Eden Project on June 20 will mark the arrival of one of the biggest works of art ever made from a single piece of stone.
The spectacular event will be a celebration of the unveiling of Seed, a giant oval sculpture created by the internationally-acclaimed artist Peter Randall-Page.
Gabriel will be performing on the same Eden stage where nearly two years ago he co-hosted the celebrated Africa Calling concert as part of Live 8, against the backdrop of Edens world-famous Biomes.
Pictures from the former china clay quarry at Bodelva, Cornwall were beamed live to billions of people across the globe and the concert was acclaimed in some quarters as the true heart of Live 8.
Concert-goers will for the first time be able to see Peter Gabriel perform in concert at Eden and will be the first to see the sculpture up close in its new home.
Edens creative development director Peter Hampel said:
"We are honoured and thrilled to be able to announce that Peter Gabriel is coming to Eden to help us celebrate one of the most significant events in our history.
Peter is an artist of huge international standing and integrity and we share a common goal to promote the need for a more harmonious relationship between mankind and our planet and amongst all of its inhabitants.
There could be no-one better to help us celebrate a fantastic work of art that will stand forever as a symbol of our generations recognition that we are part of nature, not apart from it, and that to survive we must learn to work with the grain of nature."
You might be interested to watch the BBC series 'The Seven Ages of Rock', which has its second episode 'Art Rock 1966 - 1980' this Saturday on BBC2 at 9pm, which includes an interview with Peter talking about his days with Genesis and after.
This afternoon, Peter is being awarded an Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award, by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.
The award will be covered by the press, and also Front Row BBC Radio 4 will have an interview with Peter on their programme this evening.