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WOMAD 2011

When:

Fri 18 Mar 2011, 6:00pm–11:00pm
Sat 19 Mar 2011, 12:00pm–11:00pm
Sun 20 Mar 2011, 12:00pm–11:00pm

Where: TSB Bowl of Brooklands, Pukekura Park, New Plymouth, Taranaki

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult 3-day : $231.00 ($229.00 + $2.00 fees)
  • Youth 3-day : $181.00 ($179.00 + $2.00 fees)
  • Under 12 years - with a paying adult: $0.00
  • Friday evening: $101.00 ($99.00 + $2.00 fees)
  • Saturday - all day: $132.00 ($130.00 + $2.00 fees)
  • Sunday - all day: $101.00 ($99.00 + $2.00 fees)
  • Sunday - evening: $67.00 ($65.00 + $2.00 fees)
  • Camping - per person: $56.00 ($54.00 + $2.00 fees)
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Cleo Wood

Music and performance from six continents of the world for WOMAD New Zealand 2011.

300+ performers ● 20 countries ● 6 continents ● 30 hours of music ● outdoor films ● international food fiesta ● kidzone ● workshops ● artists in conversation

A world music super group, an acclaimed duo from Africa, giant puppets from France, a Calypso queen, Sudanese voodoo and the leading voice in Brazilian soul music are among the stunning line-up of artists heading to NZ from every corner of the globe for WOMAD NZ 2011.

WOMAD NZ takes place at New Plymouth’s Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl of Brooklands from 18-20 March.

Afro Celt Sound System:
Heading the line-up of music for the 3-day festival is a group hailed as “a world music supergroup” – Afro Celt Sound System. This collaboration of artists from Ireland, England, Kenya, Guinea and Senegal burst onto the world music scene 15 years ago, winning numerous awards, selling two million albums and picking up two Grammy nominations. They played at the first WOMAD in NZ in 1997 and after more than 3 years apart, the band has reunited and is looking forward to returning to NZ in 2011.

Amadou & Mariam:
Blind Malian singers Amadou & Mariam are acclaimed throughout the world and make their long-awaited debut at WOMAD NZ. They’ve played at Glastonbury, recorded the 2006 FIFA World Cup anthem ‘Celebrate the Day’, have played support for Scissor Sisters, Blue and Coldplay, sang at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and feature with The Magic Numbers on the soundtrack of hit cult movie The Twilight Saga:New Moon.

Trinidad and Tobago’s calypso ‘queen’ Calypso Rose is also confirmed for WOMAD NZ 2011, along with United States guitar guru Bob Brozman and Brazil’s soul Seu Jorge who heads this way with the highly respected Brazilian trio, Almaz.

Hailing from the Sudan and Egypt, Rango uses ancient folk instruments to revive the sounds of darkest Africa, while from Pakistan, Faiz Ali Faiz mesmerises as a new principal voice of exalted qawwali singing.

Australia’s The Cat Empire will show why they are one of the world’s favourite live acts and also from Australia come gypsy punksters The Barons of Tang and Dva – a wind/percussion duo inspired by the traditions of Macedonia and South India.

Heading to WOMAD NZ from the UK is Grammy Award-winning DJ Don Letts Ireland’s Luka Bloom and multi-instrumentalist and composer Nitin Sawhney performing a DJ set and directing the All Star Gala.

Cuba serves up two acts in this year’s line-up – the 10-voice Creole Choir of Cuba and the iconic Juan De Marcos Afro Cuban All-Stars, while American guitar guru Bob Brozman, China’s Hanggai, Horace Andy and Dub Asante from Jamica and the UK, Canada’s extraordinary throat singer Tanya Tagaq and Indian flute and shehnai exponent Pandit Rajendra Prasanna also feature for the festival.

Compagnie Ekart from France brings giant puppets to roam among festival goers while the popular Taste the World will be hosted by NZ'sown gastro nomad, Peta Mathias.

The NZ music line-up features Trinity Roots; award-winning vocalist Maisey Rika; electronic musician Paddy Free; Carolina Moon; Rhombus with Michel Tuffery; Sola Rosa; Nga Tae – a project with Richard Nunns, Paddy Free, Waimihi Hotere and Horomona Horo; and the Topp Twins Summer Hoe-down with guests, the legendary Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, fiddler extraordinaire Marian Burns and award-winning country music singer Tami Neilson.

This is the seventh WOMAD to be held at the stunning New Plymouth site. As well as 30 hours of music on the seven stages, WOMAD NZ 2011 features artists in conversation, live cooking demonstrations and workshops by artists, a global village, sustainable village, Kidzone and the option to camp at the adjacent racecourse.

WOMAD is an international festival created by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Brooman 27 years ago. Since then 21 countries have hosted the festival and entertained millions of festival goers.

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