DD & Company, the production company that organizes Womad in the Canary Islands, paid 75,605 euros last year for the cachet of the 18 artists who shaped the poster for the last edition of the festival. That figure accounted for 21% of the total cost of the sample, an amount that amounted to 321,000 euros. Along with the disbursement made for the setting of stages, sounds and lights – which was around 75,000 euros – the musicians' salaries represented the highest item in the expense account of the event.
The amounts, provided by DD & Company through the City of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria at the request of this newspaper, reveal that the producer paid for the 2017 edition about 60,000 euros in international insurance and just over 10,000 for bureaucratic procedures in Spain. In terms of expenses, the company of Dania Dévora -director of Womad in Spain and Portugal- also contributes about 28,000 euros per accommodation.
Not all the disbursements of the assembly that generated the Womad were carried out by DD & Company. The municipality of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as it usually does in all the projects that it promotes -as they explain from the town hall-, did not charge the producer the occupation of the public space -stages, backstage, building Miller– nor the drafting of the security plan – mandatory requirement in any public show.
In the 2017 edition, the Womad had the financial support of three public administrations: the capital city council contributed 125,000 euros, the Cabildo of Gran Canaria It added the same amount and the Government of the Canary Islands participated with a subsidy of 20,000 euros. In addition, several private sponsors and Casa África also supported the festival.
Last year, for two nights – Friday and Saturday – parades and soloists such as Papaya, Tu otra bonita, Orkesta Mendoza, Horace Andy, 101 Brass Band, Miroca París, Beating Heart, Crew Prophecy, Hindi paraded through the two stages of Womad. Zahra, The Brand New Heavies, Kuarembó, Niño de Elche and La Dame Blanche.
In addition to the two evenings of concerts, the festival featured different workshops – marionettes, percussion, dance, cooking -, the screening of shorts and feature films, a parade and the release of turtles in the beach of Las Canteras.
For the 2018 edition, which starts on Thursday, the municipality of Las Palma de Gran Canaria has already guaranteed the payment of 305,000 euros – with a first installment of 125,000 euros and an extension of credit approved in October that adds another 180,000 euros.