WOMAD New Zealand is refreshing one of the festival favourites with the support of a new programme partner.

OMV has joined WOMAD as a partner and will be supporting the Taste the World programme.

“This is all about deepening our relationship with the people of Taranaki, and to say thank-you for their ongoing support for and contribution to our business. Without them we could not achieve what we do every day,” says Gabriel Selischi, OMV’s Senior Vice President for Australasia.

WOMAD NZ’s Programme Manager Emere Wano describes Taste the World as a place of storytelling, with a side of food.

“Historically food has served as a mechanism to break down barriers between cultures and celebrate cultural differences.  At each Taste the World session our artists share stories and unique traditions from their culture, and often song and dance, all the while preparing a meal for the audience to sample,” she says.

“The programme provides a unique opportunity for artists to connect with audiences in a much more intimate setting, creating truly meaningful connections.”

Suzanne Porter, TAFT CEO, says the festival is pleased to welcome another community-focused organisation to the partnership.

“OMV is large employer in Taranaki and New Zealand and we are very happy that they’ve recognised the role WOMAD plays in our local and national communities in bringing together people and celebrating multiculturalism.

“OMV’s community, environmental and educational values are a great match for our festival and we look forward to refreshing the Taste the World offering with their support.”

As part of the refresh, the Kunming Garden, where the Taste the World Stage is located, is being re-orientated to accommodate a longer, late night World of Words programme as well as an upmarket cocktail bar.

OMV New Zealand is the country‘s largest liquid hydrocarbon producer and the third largest gas producer. The company has been active in Taranaki since 1999 when it acquired shares in the Maari oil field, 80km offshore in the south Taranaki Bight, which it later developed and now operates.  Focusing strictly on exploration and production, OMV New Zealand currently holds shares in the Maui and Pohokura gas fields. It also has seven offshore exploration and mining permits or licences in the Taranaki and Great South Basin regions.

Many Taranaki firms are suppliers of goods and services to OMV. The company is also active in a wide range of local community and environmental projects, including funding for:

OMV has also supported intensive marine mammal research by crown research institutes and universities, along with the Cook Strait whale survey, and a range of other projects to protect endangered species.

OMV New Zealand is a subsidiary of OMV Aktiengesellschaft, parent company of OMV Group.


WOMAD NZ 2019 The Line-up

The internationally established three-day world of music, arts and dance festival, WOMAD is all about artist discovery and the 2019 festival once again features an array of artists from all corners of the globe.

Artists from countries as varied as Benin, Belgium, Ireland, Wales, Mexico and Greece are all invited to Aotearoa next March to share their cultures, identities and heritage and to tell ancient, joyous and powerful tales via a mixture of traditional and modern performances. From upbeat Afropsychedelic party vibes to quiet moments of reflection and meditation featuring cellos, bagpipes and voices, WOMAD is a dizzying cocktail of exhilarating experiences for all. 

Once again set in the stunning 55-acre Brooklands Park and the TSB Bowl of Brooklands, amongst the trees and the lake and under the watch of the mighty Mt Taranaki, WOMAD New

Zealand 2019 will see the festival celebrate its 15th anniversary in New Plymouth from 15 to 17 March. 

With over 20 local and international artists announced in mid-October, WOMAD New Zealand is excited to deliver a discoverable and eclectic line up, with more to come.

Joining the early and engaging international line-up announcement of Angelique Kidjo (Benin) and Silkroad Ensemble (Various) are: Amjad Ali Khan (India), Baloji (DR Congo/ Belguim), BCUC - Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (South Africa), Dona Onete (Brazil), Jamie Smith's Mabon (Wales), La Dame Blanche (Cuba), Las Cafeteras (Mexico), Maalem Hamid El Kasri (Morocco), Maarja Nuut and Ruum (Estonia), My Baby (Netherlands), Rebetien (Greece), Sharon Shannon Band (Ireland) and Taiwu Ancient Ballads Troupe (Taiwan). 

Keeping things fresh, the festival is highlighting home-grown talent with a top heavy, off the bat local line up. Joining the already announced Teeks (Aotearoa) are: Charlotte Johansen (Aotearoa), Finn Andrews (Aotearoa / United Kingdom), KORA (Aotearoa), Nadia Reid (Aotearoa), Niko Ne Zna (Aotearoa), Ria Hall (Aotearoa) and The Black Seeds (Aotearoa). 

Exclusive to New Zealand, The World Of Words artists are:
Dominic “Tourettes” Hoey (Aotearoa), Elizabeth Smither (Aotearoa), Marama Mullen (Aotearoa), Marcus Thomas and Neil Silverwood (Aotearoa), Michael Donaldson (Aotearoa), Michele A'Court (Aotearoa), Nick Bollinger (Aotearoa), Penny Ashton (Aotearoa), Pip Adam (Aotearoa) and Sonya Renee Taylor (Aotearoa). 

Pack a smile, WOMAD New Zealand is happening 15-17 March 2019. 

PHOTO: From left: Mike Large, Director of Operations WOMAD International with Gabriel Selischi, Senior Vice President OMV Australasia