Merhaba and welcome to the WAMED Festival Homepage!
We have now launched the 2021 Western Australian Middle Eastern Dance (WAMED) Festival in Fremantle, Western Australia and it's promising to be absolutely fabulous!
Bookings are open now and to book tickets for any of our workshops, seminars, shows or merchandise, please visit the Shop page, create an account and you can purchase by credit card, bank transfer or request a paypal invoice.
For background on the WAMED Festival please see our About page. We are blessed with a rich and glorious history and are now gearing up for our 22nd year!
What's the Festival going to look like?
Excellent question! During the shock of the worldwide pandemic of 2020 that caused most festivals to cancel, WAMED was the first international festival to move fully online with a workshop program and events delivered through an online platform. We delivered new knowledge, technique and the joy of dance from teachers all over the world, right to your screen.
We planned for 2021 with a healthy dose of common sense and will be delivering a fabulous festival, whether it's the full-tilt in-person extravaganza that you are used to, with live workshops from local, interstate and international teachers, or a festival with workshops and performances delivered personally to you in the comfort of your own home, depending on what life throws at us in this year of change. We have put plans in place for both eventualities and have gold-plated contingency plans based on our experiences in 2020.
That means that we are online-enabled for 2021 and the vast majority of our workshops will be available through Zoom, so if you can't get to WA, or are a suburb away and have the sniffles, or are locked down in another country - you can still attend WAMED! All workshops are available through Zoom except where advised, where the content of the workshops does not lend itself to online participation.
If there is health advice that requires us to remove or down-scale the in-person component, we will deliver workshops online, but we have everything possible crossed that we can enjoy a fabulous full-blown WAMED experience to all our participants, including those golden moments in between workshops, new connections, new shiny treasures as well as the new knowledge and skills you'll gain from a massive program of workshops!
What's happening now?
The workshop and event program has been released and it's time to book in and get excited! Performer applications are closing very shortly for the Friday Night Show, Eastern Odyssey and the Bazaar, and the countdown has started!
What if I have questions?