WOMAD NZ wants to thank everyone for being patient and understanding while we’ve worked through all our options to safely present the festival in March.  With deep sadness, we are announcing WOMAD NZ is no longer going ahead for 2022. We all had great expectations of bringing the festival back to Taranaki after disruptions due […]

WOMAD NZ cautious with planning the 2022 festival in RED

With Omicron now out in the community and New Zealand in RED, there are severe implications for any event trying to proceed as planned in the current environment. WOMAD NZ is proceeding ahead with extreme caution as we continue to work towards WOMAD 2022, 18-20 March, as are the few remaining festivals and events scheduled […]

Garden festival garners glowing reviews, $3.1m in GDP from green-fingered visitors

On any outing during the 2021  Taranaki Garden Festival, socially distanced visitors turn to origin conversations – where are you from? “Okaiawa,” says a couple wandering through Boxwood garden at Ōpunake. “We’re from Ngaere, originally,” say three sisters soaking in the beauty of Pukeiti. “New Plymouth,” says a group of women wowing over the wonders […]

Through The Eye of Taranaki

The one surviving event of the RESET Arts Festival has opened at the Govett Brewster Art Gallery last night. A photography exhibition named ‘Through The Eye of Taranaki’ is an exciting collaboration between Taranaki Arts Festival and Track Zero, a national organisation that uses the arts to inspire transformative climate action. Founder of Track Zero, […]

WOMAD NZ 2022 adds 16 more performers to the line-up for its 17th presentation at Ngāmotu’s stunning Brooklands Park and the TSB Bowl of Brooklands.

The internationally established three-day music, arts and dance festival is known for its exciting and diverse line-up and next year’s event is no exception. WOMAD NZ is poised to deliver a musical melting pot of Bulgarian Vocal, Cinematic Jazz,  Latin Funk-Soul, Japanese drumming, Balkan Gypsy, Classical Indian music and dance, Americana, Jazz, Hip Hop, Soul RnB, Roots, Dub […]

RESET Postponed till 2022

Taranaki Arts Festival Trust regrets to advise our audiences and our community that we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone our RESET festival for 2021.   With the continuing uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions, we cannot proceed with RESET as planned. Many factors have contributed to this heartbreaking decision. While we support and […]

WOMAD partnerships enable blockbuster 2022 event

Taranaki’s WOMAD festival is back, and it’s set to be a celebration of music, arts and dance that lives up to the lofty expectations of patrons young and old. Like many events all over the world, the iconic New Plymouth festival was forced to take a break in 2021. However, the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust […]

Arts matter, now more than ever!

RESET Festival is preparing to give the region a much-needed breath of fresh cultural air when it returns at the end of the year. For 30 years, the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust(TAFT) has been brave in presenting festivals continuously in times of uncertainty. With the launch of RESET Festival, featuring 18 individual shows, 81  artists […]

Artist Expressions of Interest for 2022 are now open!

Presented by TAFT, the Taranaki Arts Festival launched in March 1991 as a biennial international arts festival. Over the years, the festival has hosted the likes of Russia’s delightful Slava’s SnowShow, Montreal’s explosive Traces, the world premiere of opera The Prodigal Child, Dame Malvina Major, the Topp Twins, Footnote Dance Company, and the list goes […]

Award-winning play “that all New Zealanders need to see” to tour the country

The last New Zealand war took place in 1979. It lasted three minutes. Auckland Theatre Company’s (ATC) production of The Haka Party Incident, described as an “innovative, brilliant piece of theatre that all New Zealanders need to see” will tour to venues and festivals across the motu in October and November. Winner of Playmarket’s Best Play […]