Photo Flash: WOMAD Takes Over The National Theatre's River Stage Festival

This summer, the River Stage Festival returns to London's South Bank. Taking place on the National Theatre's appropriately named River Stage, this free festival sees some of the leading arts and culture organisations from around the UK share their craft, through performances and workshops.

Companies to "take over" the stage include HOME Manchester, Rambert and The Glory, who return for a second year to the festival. WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) were the latest to take part this August, featuring performances from Gypsy Hill, The Bollywood Brass Band and Msafiri Zawose as well as many others.

Speaking to BroadwayWorld before the festival, Director of WOMAD Chris Smith said: "WOMAD celebrates diversity, togetherness and sharing cultures across borders so it is perfect for us to collaborate with the NT's River Stage, showcasing some of the best global acts in the most varied, buzzing and colourful city on the planet. We are delighted to be bringing a splash of colour and the funky festival vibes from WOMAD to central London and to work with such a prestigious institution as the NT."

Highlights from the weekend ranged from dancing dads to beat boxing babies! Read all about it in our complete write-up of the weekend, available later this week. In the meantime, check out our interviews with band Afro Cluster, dancer Ripton Lindsay and beat box champion Grace Savage.

See below for some behind-the-scenes snaps from the day...

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Photo Flash: WOMAD Takes Over The National Theatre's River Stage Festival
Amira Kheir
Photo credit: Rona Kelly

Photo Flash: WOMAD Takes Over The National Theatre's River Stage Festival
Afro Cluster
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Photo Flash: WOMAD Takes Over The National Theatre's River Stage Festival
Mr Benn
Photo credit: Guy Peterson

Photo Flash: WOMAD Takes Over The National Theatre's River Stage Festival
Ripton Lindsay
Photo credit: Guy Peterson

Photo Flash: WOMAD Takes Over The National Theatre's River Stage Festival
Grace Savage
Photo credit: Guy Peterson

Photo Flash: WOMAD Takes Over The National Theatre's River Stage Festival
Msafiri Zawose
Photo credit: Guy Peterson

Photo Flash: WOMAD Takes Over The National Theatre's River Stage Festival
NIMBA
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Photo Flash: WOMAD Takes Over The National Theatre's River Stage Festival
Audience members dancing to NIMBA
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Photo Flash: WOMAD Takes Over The National Theatre's River Stage Festival
NIMA dancing with audience members
Photo credit: Guy Peterson

Photo Flash: WOMAD Takes Over The National Theatre's River Stage Festival
WOMAD at the National Theatre, River Stage
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Photo Flash: WOMAD Takes Over The National Theatre's River Stage Festival
The Bollywood Brass Band
Photo credit: Guy Peterson

Photo Flash: WOMAD Takes Over The National Theatre's River Stage Festival
Gypsy Hill
Photo credit: Guy PetersonPhoto Flash: WOMAD Takes Over The National Theatre's River Stage Festival
Gypsy Hill
Photo credit: Guy Peterson

Photo Flash: WOMAD Takes Over The National Theatre's River Stage Festival
Amira Kheir
Photo credit: Rona Kelly

Photo Flash: WOMAD Takes Over The National Theatre's River Stage Festival
Amira Kheir
Photo credit: Rona Kelly

Photo Flash: WOMAD Takes Over The National Theatre's River Stage Festival
Amira Kheir
Photo credit: Rona Kelly

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