World music festival Womad will be held in South America next year for the first time, with an event to be staged in Brazil on Sept. 3-5.

The Brazil festival was announced alongside the dates of this year's 15th Womad in the Canary Island city of Las Palmas. The Las Palmas event will be staged on Nov. 12-15, although no acts have been confirmed so far.

The first South American Womad will take place in the Brazilian coastal town of Costa de Sauipe, about 100 kilometres from the regional capital of Salvador de Bahia, in north-eastern Brazil. Again, no acts have been confirmed as yet.

In the 27 years since Peter Gabriel and his partners created Womad in 1982, the festival has been staged at 145 events in 22 countries and islands around the world. More than 1,500 artists from 90 countries have performed before more than 1.5 million people.

Annual and bi-annual Womad festivals continue in the United Kingdom, Spain (Las Palmas and Caceres), Italy, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.