WOMAD has been in Taranaki for 20 years and this guy has been to them all!

Warren Smart still remembers walking into the very first Womad at New Plymouth’s Bowl of Brooklands and feeling like he’d left New Zealand and entered a completely different world. He has been to every single day of every single Womad since that first one back in 2003. “I remember seeing Che Fu performing that night, […]

Cultural vibrancy and why arts matter here in Taranaki

Rebecca Johnson (TAFT Marketing Communications Manager) talked to Bryan Vickery about the importance of cultural vibrancy and how lucky and privileged Taranaki is to have the key ingredients (infrastructure, sponsors, supportive councils, creative visionary people…. the list goes on) that ensure that culture and events flourish in our province. TAFT has presented over 60 festivals […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Taranaki Arts Festival Trust documentary looks back on 30 years of festivals

  After looking massive loses straight in the eye, New Zealand’s second oldest arts festival trust is celebrating 30 years of putting on shows. And if it wasn’t for Covid-19, the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust (Taft) probably wouldn’t have had time to properly commemorate the achievement. “We lost the rights to present Womad at the […]

Womad 2022 likely to be all Kiwi lineup

Organisers of New Zealand’s Womad say the three-day festival is moving towards and all Kiwi lineup for 2022. Taranaki Arts Festival Trust (Taft) chief executive Suzanne Porter said there may be a chance artists from Australia and the Cook Islands could be secured if Covid-19 allows, but next year’s lineup would be largely New Zealand […]