WOMAD NZ 2019 festival schedule is announced!

WOMAD NZ 2019 festival schedule is announced!

The internationally established three-day world music, arts and dance festival WOMAD is all about artist discovery and once again, the 2019 festival features an array of artists from all corners of the globe.

Artists from countries as varied as Benin, Belgium, Ireland, Wales, Mexico and Greece are invited to Aotearoa next March to share their cultures, identities and heritage. They’ll be sure to tell ancient, joyous and powerful tales via a mixture of traditional and modern performances. From upbeat Afro psychedelic party vibes to quiet moments of reflection and meditation, WOMAD 2019 will feature cellos, bagpipes and voices. WOMAD is a dizzying cocktail of exhilarating experiences for all. 

Set amongst the trees, lake and view of the mighty Mount Taranaki in stunning 55-acre Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl of Brooklands, WOMAD New Zealand 2019 will see the festival celebrate its 15th anniversary in New Plymouth, 15-17 March 2019. 

With over 40 local and international artists, WOMAD New Zealand is excited to deliver this discoverable and eclectic line up:

Our engaging international artists are Angelique Kidjo (Benin), Amjad Ali KhanRebetien(India), BCUC – Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (South Africa),  Baloji (DR Congo/ Belguim), Dona Onete (Brazil), Jamie Smith’s Mabon (Wales), Las Cafeteras (Mexico), La Dame Blanche (Cuba), Maarja Nuut & Ruum (Estonia),My Baby (Netherlands), Maalem Hamid El Kasri  (Morocco), Rebetien (Greece), Sharon Shannon Band (Ireland), Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestra(Germany), Silkroad Ensemble (Various), Sona Jobarteh (Gambia), Taiwu Ancient Ballads Troupe (Taiwan), The Correspondents (The U.K) and The Original Gypsies (France).

Highlighting our homegrown talent is Charlotte Johansen, (Aotearoa), Congress Of Animals (Aotearoa),  Finn Andrews, (Aotearoa / United Kingdom), KORA (Aotearoa), MC Tali (Aotearoa), Niko Ne Zna (Aotearoa), Nadia Reid (Aotearoa), Ria Hall  (Aotearoa), Teeks(Aotearoa) and The Black Seeds (Aotearoa). 

The site artist this year and putting the D(ance) into WOMAD is Janis Claxons’ award-winning contemporary dance company performing “POP-UP DUETS (fragments of love)”.

The World of Words stage for 2019 has been relocated to the beautiful Kunming Garden area. Exclusive to New Zealand, The World Of Words artists for 2019 are: Dominic Tourettes Hoey (Aotearoa), Elizabeth Smither (Aotearoa), Marama Mullen (Aotearoa), Marcus Thomas and Neil Silverwood (Aotearoa), Michael Donaldson (Aotearoa), Michele A’Court (Aotearoa), Nick Bollinger (Aotearoa), Penny Ashton (Aotearoa), Pip Adam (Aotearoa) and Sonya Renee Taylor (Aotearoa).  The new site will allow for a revitalisation of this area alongside an upmarket bar serving craft beers, fine wines and gin cocktails. Due to the popularity of the World of Words programme we have extended the programming to include late night slots. Festival-goers can now enjoy the beauty of the Kunming area whilst listening to top-notch authors, presenters and comedians. 

Pack a smile, WOMAD New Zealand is happening 15-17 March 2019. 

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