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Womad: Not Just the Music

Womad: Not Just the Music

With three days of music and celebration at its core, transcending and splicing cultures, WOMAD is also:

Starlit film screenings
Colourful cooking demonstrations
Artists in conversation
Sustainabile Village
Te Paepae
Exotic food


Expect the unexpected as artists dissect their sound – the origins of rare and unusual instruments; their inspirations and collaborations. Past workshops have seen audience members try out instruments, beats and learn dance moves with the bands.


A programme of documentary films often featuring past/current WOMAD artists runs each evening.


Experiencing different cultures from around the globe is what WOMAD is about – and what better way to enhance the music of WOMAD than through food. New Zealand’s own gastro-nomad eta Mathias hosts Taste The World where international artists will cook dishes from their homelands while talking about the roles food and cooking play in their lives. The chef extraordinaires produces enough food for around 50 people to sample and free recipe sheets are provided.


Learn more about some of the artists at WOMAD as they share their history and musical journeys. Hosted by music journalist Nick Bollinger and others, artists chat informally about their lives, their music and their culture.


Aiming to be the greenest festival in New Zealand, WOMAD is serious about its responsibility to the environment. The sustainable village further awakens awareness of the environment and how everyone can incorporate sustainable options into their lifestyles. This commitment to sustainability includes WOMAD’s Zero Waste Strategy and recycling is strongly encouraged and supported on-site.


Te Paepae celebrates the uniqueness of Aotearoa. Hosted by Tui Ora whanau on behalf of the Taranaki Maori iwi, the programme includes activities and korero (discussion) about raranga (weaving), mirimiri (massage), tā moko (body tattooing) and kapa haka (traditional music and dance).


Delicious food from different cultures of the world is available and a colourful market showcases a wide variety of arts and crafts. The WOMAD CD store has CDs and merchandise of WOMAD artists and it’s here that artists come to sign CDs.


WOMAD is a family friendly festival and kids love it. A special Kidzone area offers a fun creative programme for children aged 5-12 years and culminates in a parade through the festival site on Sunday afternoon. Note: Kidzone is not a childcare facility and parents are required to remain with their children.


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