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WOMAD wins Best National Event of the year!

WOMAD NZ has been named the ‘Best National Event of the Year’ at the prestigious 2017 New Zealand Event Awards.  

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DRAGON Performing at WOMAD 2018

WOMAD NZ  16 -18 March 2018 is thrilled to deliver its first artist announcement for WOMAD 2018, with the classic chart-topping Kiwi hitmakers; DRAGON.

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The Cleanest & The Greenest Festival – With Big News for 2017!

WOMAD has always prided its self on being an industry leader towards leaving a minimal environmental footprint, and heading into the 2017 festival WOMAD continues the strive to become a completely zero waste-to-landfill festival.

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Taranaki the world’s second best destination

Taranaki the world’s second best destination for 2017 says Lonely Planet. Definitive global travel guide publisher Lonely Planet has judged Taranaki the second best region in the world to visit in its Best in Travel 2017 yearbook, an accolade that is being welcomed by the locals.

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New Festival Feature - the World of Words

WOMAD New Zealand is adding a new chapter to the 2017 festival – the World of Words. The new programme is supported by a new festival sponsor, the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) and will feature authors, musicians, critical thinkers and entrepreneurs from New Zealand and abroad.

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WOMAD 2017 Lineup - first announcement

WOMAD 2017 Line-Up announcement. With much excitement UK 2 Tone and Ska legends The Specials were the first announced to play WOMAD NZ 2017.

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I'm super stoked to get back to WOMAD, in New Plymouth, this year.  There's nothing better than waking up in the shadow of Mt Taranaki.

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As the much-loved festival signs off for another extraordinary year; the good vibe ripples continue as 11 albums from WOMAD artists enter the NZ Top 40 Chart, the dates for 2017 are unveiled and the contract renewed with WOMAD international.

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Partners renew support for Womad. The level of support given to Womad NZ from sponsors is second to none, says Chris Smith, events director for Womad International from the UK. Most change to All of the long-term partners are renewing their support for the three-day festival held in March each year.

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Australia & New Zealand compilation CD is released today, Friday 12th February on Cartell Label, proudly distributed in NZ by Border Music. This year’s WOMAD festival delivers its companion CD as a taster ahead of the event taking place 18-20h March. 16 tracks from big name performers John Grant, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, St Germain, Calexico and a slew of new artists to sink your teeth into.

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