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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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Heavy hitters from the music world take the WOMAD stage in Taranaki from Friday 6pm March 18th to Sunday night March 20th.

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WOMAD fans the flames of the diverse and colourful line up with the addition of the progressive, jazz rap trio De La Soul (USA), electro-gem pioneer St Germain (France), genre forming duo [suːm], pronounced "soom", (Korea) and the most recorded person in the world*, Hindi film playback singer, Asha Bhosle (India).

WOMAD NZ Artistic Director, Emere Wano explains the process of scheduling so many different artists from around the world.

"It is like a big moving jigsaw with the goal to deliver the culturally richest and most intriguing programme possible. As artists become available you have to think how they will add to the mix and the programme balance, which stage setting would they best be experienced on and how does that fit into the overall picture. Confirmations come in over a long period of time so we have a number of potential scenarios based on that goal of maintaining diversity and keeping the air of discovery for our audience.

"Having De La Soul play WOMAD will no doubt be one of the highlights of this years festival and to be able to deliver St Germain to a New Zealand audience after his long hiatus is an absolute thrill! The presence of the dynamic 82 year old power house Asha Bhosle is a long held wish we can finally tick off our list. And then, little known to most here, [suːm]the Korean sisters who use a variety of traditional instruments in a new way to create modern Korean folk music, will be one of the very special discovery artists we have on this year's line up."

The three-day WOMAD festival has found its home in the beautiful Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl of Brooklands. From the moment the gates open, the 55-acre park becomes a magical wonderland brimming with energy and bursting with colours, flavours, sounds and smells.
Smaller stages, the Global Village’s food stalls, craft stores and workshops spaces are dotted around the venue’s heart – a stunning natural amphitheater, which provides the main platform for three days of music and allure.
The park is only a short and easy stroll from New Plymouth’s centre and if you book early you could even get a motel or hotel within walking distance. And don’t forget to bring a blanket, an essential item on the WOMAD NZ checklist that allows you to kick back and soak in the warmth of the WOMAD vibe.

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