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Thursday, October 12, 2017

WOMAD NZ wins ‘Best National Event of the Year’ at the 2017 New Zealand Event Awards

WOMAD NZ has won the prestigious National Event of the Year’ at the inaugural 2017 New Zealand Event Awards presented last night at a gala ceremony at Sky City in Auckland.  They were nominated finalists for ‘Best National Event of the Year’ and the the public voted ‘Eventfinda / New Zealand’s Favourite Event of the Year’.

The Awards are hosted by the New Zealand Events Association (NZCEA) who was set up provide leadership and representation to inspire a world class events industry.  Nominees covered a wide range of different events from the Farmers Christmas parade to Lantern festivals to Shearing competitions to the World Masters games.  You can read all about the nominees and see a full list of winners on their website:

WOMAD NZ’s Marketing and Communications Manager, Cleopatra Wood, was also named as a finalist in the ‘Emerging Event Professional’ category.  WOMAD is hosted by the Taranaki Arts Festival (TAFT). Their CEO Suzanne Porter said of this nomination “We are incredibly proud of our marketing manager, Cleopatra Wood, for her nomination. The calibre of finalists is a true testament to her great achievements working on WOMAD”. TAFT have been responsible for producing WOMAD at New Plymouth for 13 years.  The launch of the 2018 Festival programme will be at a special event to be held in Parliament next week. Previously announced artists for the 2018 festival include Los Angeles saxophonist, composer and jazz superstar KAMASI WASHINGTON, the Indian classical and progressive sitar virtuoso ANOUSHKA SHANKAR and classic Kiwi band DRAGON who will be joined by many more exciting and eclectic artists from across the globe.

Originally founded by Peter Gabriel, and now held at a number of locations around the planet, WOMAD is an internationally established three day festival brings together international artists to celebrate the world’s many forms of music, arts and dance. The New Zealand event is in the stunning 55-acre Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth, WOMAD NZ has rightfully gained a reputation as one of the most beautiful outdoor festivals in the world.

WOMAD New Zealand 2018 is on at Brooklands Park, New Plymouth, from March 16 to 18. Tickets on sale from

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