Charlotte at HOME in Dartington
WORLD music was heard loud and clear once more at Dartington when a group of varied artists took part in the HOME festival.
The intimate festival, is the brainchild of WOMAD co-founder Thomas Brooman.
It showcased artists such as folk rockers Show of Hands, Tibet's Tashi Lhunpo Monks, Ethiopia's Krar Collective, Bristol Reggae Orchestra, London's Dhol Foundation and Guinea's Ballet Nimba, all in the surroundings of Dartington's medieval courtyard and gardens.
Japanese pianist Ryoko Nuruki made her British debut at the festival, while Welsh songstress Charlotte Church (pictured) performed her brand new material in England for the first time on the main stage.
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Home-grown, local musicians Matthew and Me, Ben and Alfie Weedon, Emily Wright and Totnes percussionists Malleticious also joined the line-up of national and international stars.
Organisers said that many of the artists played totally unplugged sets in the stunning Great Hall, offering the 800-strong audience with the opportunity to experience a diverse range of music, languages and cultures in close quarters.
David Francis, director of arts at Dartington, said: "This is the perfect setting for HOME festival and it has been an absolute pleasure to see the HOME audience enjoying such a diverse range of incredible artists, both from around the world and right here on our doorstep.
"We're looking forward to next year already."
The family friendly festival featured food, films, music and dance workshops, craft stalls and children's activities including mass hula-hooping and a popular discovery trail around the listed gardens.