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Thursday, February 27, 2014


Gather your friends and family together and head to one of the world's most stunning venues for a three-day celebration of music and global culture.

... And Groove will be there - DJ's Groovmiester, P-Huny and the Coffeebar kid will be on the ground reporting with Live Crosses to the Studio, and featuring tunes and artist interviews all WOMAD Weekend.

It's really about exciting music discoveries but there are some big names (Arrested development, Tim Finn, Kimbra, Moana and the Tribe etc). The full music lineup is here with artist Bio's and audio. We actually think it's the most entertaining lineup there's been for years! Grab the stage schedule or complete info booklet here to help you decide who to see when on the weekend.
The atmospheric site of the Womad sign reflecting off the
Lagoon by the Bowl stage.

This year there was a Band competition with the public voting on the website for the final spot to play at Womad, the winner being The Balkanistas, a 26 piece – yes 26-piece band, from Wellington.

There will also be a Cinema under the trees featuring short films and Len Lye movies!

And a little history ....

WOMAD was founded in 1980 by Peter Gabriel, Thomas Brooman, Bob Hooton, Stephen Pritchard, Martin Elbourne and Jonathan Arthur.

The first WOMAD festival was in Shepton Mallet, UK in 1982. The audience saw Peter Gabriel, Don Cherry, The Beat, Drummers of Burundi, Echo and The Bunnymen, Imrat Khan, Prince Nico M' barga, Simple Minds, Suns of Arqa and Ekome amongst others performing. Since 1982 WOMAD Festivals has travelled all over the world, bringing artists to numerous locations and entertaining over one million people.
WOMAD New Zealand 2013 is the ninth WOMAD to be held at the stunning New Plymouth site in Taranaki. Prior to shifting to New Plymouth WOMAD NZ occured twice in Auckland.

Ethos From the outset, the WOMAD name has reflected the festival’s idea; to be embracing but non-definitive, inspiring and outward looking; and more than anything, enthusiastic about a world that has no boundaries in its ability to communicate through music and movement.
WOMAD has always presented music that they felt to be of excellence, passion and individuality, regardless of musical genre or geographical origin. WOMAD encourages collaboration amongst the artists they invite to perform.

Adult workshops are taken by the musicians and will involve dance, musical instruments and discussions. Children's workshops involve painting, circus skills, graffiti, modelling, story telling and more.

Taste The World Musicians cook a choice of dish from their home country in front of an audience. Global Market. The Global Market sells international food and wares.

WOMAD in the UK takes place in the grounds of Charlton Park, a stately home in Wiltshire. The arena holds at least 8 stages with a further one in the Arboretum. An old fashioned steam fair, global market, children's area, wellbeing section is also found on the WOMAD UK festival site.

WOMAD happens in:

WOMADelaide, Adelaide, South Australia. WOMAD New Zealand, Taranaki, New Zealand. WOMAD Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi. UAE WOMAD Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. WOMAD Sicily, Sicily, Italy. WOMAD Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain.

For the whole gamat of information go to

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