The internationally established three-day world music, arts and dance festival WOMAD is all about artist discovery and the 2019 festival once again 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 all invited to Aotearoa next March to share their cultures, identities and heritage and to tell ancient, joyous and powerful tales via a mixture of traditional and modern performances. From upbeat Afropsychedelic party vibes to quiet moments of reflection and meditation. Featuring cellos, bagpipes and voices, WOMAD is a dizzying cocktail of exhilarating experiences for all.

Once again set in the stunning 55-acre Brooklands Park and the TSB Bowl of Brooklands, amongst the trees and the lake, and under the watch of the mighty mount Taranaki WOMAD New Zealand 2019 will see the festival celebrate its 15th anniversary New Plymouth, 15-17 March 2019.

Tickets are on sale now! 

The engaging international line-up is:  Angelique Kidjo (Benin), Amjad Ali Khan Rebetien(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).

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