New Morecambe festival has echoes of WOMAD

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A new festival described as a ‘mini WOMAD’ will bring noise and colour to Morecambe seafront this Sunday (August 2).

The first ever Seaside Fiesta will see more than 200 drummers from all over the world perform in a spectacular percussion ensemble.

The Batala Encontro has previously been seen in New York, Rio de Janeiro and Paris, and now it’s coming to Morecambe.

There will also be a programme of live world music on the Melodrome stage and a world foods and craft fair.

David Brayshaw, chairman of organisers the Morecambe Events Co-Operative, said: “Our aim is to recreate as closely as possible a WOMAD type event.

“We hope it will attract 
visitors to Morecambe and that it will become an annual event.”

WOMAD (World of Music and Dance) is a fondly remembered festival of world music, which hit its peak of popularity in Morecambe during the 1990s.

Batala is a form of Samba drum music originating in Brazil and is also the name of a Lancaster-based drumming band who have organised Sunday’s Encontrol event.

The Batala drum parade will start at the Battery at around 12.30pm and head to the grassy area at the back of the Midland hotel for a performance at around 1.45pm.

The ensemble will move on to the end of the Stone Jetty and then the Eric Morecambe Statue.

Live music will run from noon to 6pm in the Morecambe Arena.

There will also be a licensed bar selling world beers and ciders.