WOMAD USA 2003 officially cancelled

WOMAD-logoCiting "insurmountable visa issues" caused by world events, organizers of WOMAD USA officially cancelled the festival for 2003.

"Given current world events, which is causing insurmountable visa issues, WOMAD USA will not be taking place at Marymoor Park or any other location in the United States in 2003," WOMAD artistic director Thomas Brooman said.

His statement was issued by The Workshop, a local company under contract to produce the world music festival in Redmond’s Marymoor Park, just east of Seattle.

WOMAD USA, the only WOMAD festival in North America, was also canceled last year because of visa problems, as well as the economic downtown, despite assurances by WOMAD officials that the festival would be an ongoing event. The festival was last held at Marymoor in 2001.