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Catching Hopes and Sweet Music at WOMAD

 
WOMAD is a most embracing festival with all age groups and races dancing together and appreciating great world music. As we gathered hopes, we could hear diverse talent from every corner of the globe. If only our national radio stations would take note!

While pruning the Tree4Hope at the end of the festival, we were so touched to receive this lovely message:

‘Like ephemeral creatures, they are woven in to the magic that is their tree. Created by hopes and wishes, they guide it gently on its way. Linking threads across the world and reminding us that we are all joined by the energy we create. Lucie and Lachie seem a perfect match for all they represent making us smile and reminding us to hope, to dream and to believe. So when the rains fall and the words run into tomorrow and the paper becomes hopes still to be created, we will feel our wings flex and free and we too can soar into the future.’

Children climbing on the WOMAD sign at WOMAD 2012

Warm evening at WOMAD - while the parents listen, the kids are all over it.

The Band4Hope camp set up with the rooftop tent on top of the Hope Truck beside the Tree4Hope at WOMAD 2012

Band4Hope HQ at WOMAD - after the mud at SGP, it was heavenly to feel soft clover beneath our feet!

Hope tag in the Band4Hope Tree4Hope which reads 'I hope that in my lifetime... my dad, my brother & me can be together... happy!' at WOMAD 2012
The Band4Hope Tree4Hope on wheels moving through the colourful site at WOMAD 2012

The Tree4Hope on the move at WOMAD.

Band4Hope co-founders Lachlan McWilliam and Lucie Galt with volunteer Daisy Bryant gazing at the box of Band4Hope wristbands at WOMAD 2012

Delicious coppery goodness! Photo credit Jonathan Lappin

Lucie Galt and Daisy Bryant by the incredibly realistic Greenpeace polar bear suit with which they are promoting their Save the Arctic campaign.

This polar bear is helping Greenpeace to defend the Arctic. Find out more & help at www.SaveTheArctic.org

Lachlan McWilliam pulling the Band4Hope Tree4Hope past the colourful flags at WOMAD 2012
Lucie Galt reading a Band4Hope tag on the Tree4Hope which reads 'I hope that in my lifetime... a global shift in consciousness brings peace to this planet.' at WOMAD 2012
Lucie Galt and Lachlan McWilliam by the Band4Hope Tree4Hope at WOMAD 2012

Feeling the magic of WOMAD. Photo credit Jonathan Lappin

Lucie Galt by the Band4Hope Tree4Hope at WOMAD 2012

Lucie and the #Tree4Hope by Jonathan Lappin

Lucie Galt by the Band4Hope Tree4Hope at WOMAD 2012

Photo credit Jonathan Lappin

The Band4Hope Tree4Hope is made almost entirely from recycled materials at WOMAD 2012

The Tree4Hope is made almost entirely from recycled materials.

Man in an orange striped t-shirt and braces reading the Band4Hope tags hanging from the Tree4Hope at WOMAD 2012

Reading hopes from around the world and from every generation at WOMAD.

Hope tag in the Band4Hope Tree4Hope which reads 'I hope that in my lifetime... we go back into space (and further this time).' at WOMAD 2012

High hopes at WOMAD.

The Manganiyar Seduction at WOMAD 2012

The Manganiyar Seduction- like an enormous, blazing, musical advent calendar. Each box slowly opened as the music built to a hypnotic finale!

Sunshine breaking over Airstreams and tipis at the campsite at WOMAD 2012

Dawn breaking at WOMAD over tipis and Airstreams.

Band4Hope co-founders Lachlan McWilliam and Lucie Galt brushing their teeth in the sunshine at WOMAD 2012

Minty fresh start to the day.

The Band4Hope sign 'A modern day message in a bottle!' at WOMAD 2012

Roll up! Roll up! A modern day message in a bottle!

Louis from Saint Valentines Liquorice Co. with Lachlan McWilliam of Band4Hope by the Tree4Hope at WOMAD 2012

Lovely Louis from Saint Valentines Liquorice Co. stall helped us gather hopes at WOMAD.

Daisy Bryant by the Band4Hope Tree4Hope at WOMAD 2012

Our resident hula hope-er, Daisy.

Louis from Saint Valentines Liquorice Co. with Lachlan McWilliam and Daisy Bryant at WOMAD 2012

The hope gathering team at WOMAD.

Band4Hope tag on the Tree4Hope which reads 'I hope that in my lifetime... we remember the things that really matter.' at WOMAD 2012
Lachlan McWilliam, Lucie Galt and Daisy Bryant by the Band4Hope Tree4Hope at WOMAD 2012

Buzzing after our first ever radio interview. Photo credit Jonathan Lappin

Lachlan McWilliam and Daisy Bryant kiss Lucie Galt by the Band4Hope Tree4Hope at WOMAD 2012

WOMAD kisses. Photo credit Jonathan Lappin

A Band4Hope tag on the Tree4Hope reading 'I hope that in my lifetime... me and my sisters and bro stay a team.' at WOMAD 2012

Growing with us from our dawn until our dusk, sharing our childhood memories and grown up dreams.

The parade in the sunshine at WOMAD 2012

Joining the parade WOMAD.

A flying peacock installation at the WOMAD 2012 parade

Soaring peacock parade!

Band4Hope tag on the Tree4Hope reading 'I hope that in my lifetime... there will be an invention to bring family back to life.' at WOMAD 2012
Lucie Galt by the Band4Hope Tree4Hope photographed by Oxfam their volunteer knitted blanket at WOMAD 2012

Featured in the Oxfam fashion blog. We fell in love with this beautiful blanket which was generously knitted by their volunteers and bought it later.

Louis from Saint Valentines Liquorice Co. and Daisy Bryant sleeping by the Band4Hope Tree4Hope at WOMAD 2012

Even hope gatherers need a break now and then.

Louis and Rory at the Saint Valentines Liquorice Co. stall at WOMAD 2012

Liquorice tasting with Louis! He has a story for every type from the Saint Valentines Liquorice Co.

Louis from Saint Valentines Liquorice Co. with Lachlan McWilliam of Band4Hope dancing at WOMAD 2012

Lachlan and Louis grooving to the Buena Vista Social Club at WOMAD.

The huge dancing wolf puppet at WOMAD 2012

The dancing wolf of WOMAD.

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