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WOMAD wins Best National Event

WOMAD New Zealand has won the coveted award for the ‘Best National Event of the Year’ at the 2017 New Zealand Event Awards.

TAFT Chief Executive Suzanne Porter was delighted that the WOMAD team had been awarded the prestigious gong. 

“This is an award that recognises Taranaki, our partnerships and our loyal WOMAD audience as much as the festival," Porter said. 

"We thank our WOMADers and partners for their support and look forward to celebrating with them at the 2018 festival."

WOMAD NZ were finalists for THREE national awards in this year’s 2017 New Zealand Event Awards, which were presented in October at a gala ceremony at Sky City in Auckland.

They received nominations for ‘Best National Event of the Year’; the ‘People’s Choice Best National Event of the Year’ and WOMAD NZ’s Marketing and Communications Manager Cleopatra Wood was named as a finalist in the ‘Emerging Event Professional’ category.

Porter said she and the team were incredibly proud of Wood's shortlisting in the ‘Emerging Event Professional’ category.

"The calibre of her category finalists and their achievements are a testament to her efforts and bright future," Porter said. 

WOMAD Chair Charles Wilkinson said the award brought together a culmination of years of expertise, dedication and professionalism from wonderful staff.

"I congratulate Suzanne Porter our CEO and her dedicated crew for what they have so deservedly achieved at these national awards. I am so proud of them, as is my board, and I am so excited that we now have a line that we must exceed to take our Festival to an even greater level," he said.

The internationally established three day festival brings together international artists to celebrate the world’s many forms of music, arts and dance. Set 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.

The main stage is set at the base of a natural amphitheatre and not only provides a stunning setting, but an acoustic experience second to none. The other three stages are located throughout Brooklands Park, with every square inch oozing the vibrancy of the family friendly WOMAD.

Since the first festival in the UK in 1982, founded by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Brooman, WOMAD has held more than 160 festivals worldwide with 2018 seeing the festival celebrate its 14th anniversary in New Plymouth. In its tenure, WOMAD has had 150,000 visitors through its gates and generated over 100 million dollars for the local Taranaki economy.

As an organisation, WOMAD now works in many different ways, but their aims are always the same - at festivals, performance events, through recorded releases and through educational projects, they aim to excite, inform and create awareness of the worth and potential of a multicultural society.

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

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