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Horowhenua Chronicle - 2021-11-26

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Womad NZ has ‘music for everyone’

Real Estate

Ilona Hanne

It's back — the Womad NZ 2022 lineup has been announced and it's as diverse as ever. While Covid-19 has meant organisers have had to look closer to home than usual for next year's festival, festivalgoers will still be treated to all the flavours and sounds of the globe, Womad event director and NZ programme manager Emere Wano told those attending the Womad 2022 programme launch at the TSB Showplace in New Plymouth on Wednesday night. “We ask you to get behind it and support our great New Zealand artists, not all of whom are New Zealanders but they are all based here. There's still the eight stages, still the STEAM Lab, still all the food.” Speaking at the launch via video from his home in the UK, Chris Smith, Womad UK director, said he was feeling “homesick” for Aotearoa New Zealand, after normally being in the country for both the programme launch and the festival itself. “A huge thank you to Emere for picking the baton up this year.” 2022 was a “big year” for Womad, he said. “It's our 40th anniversary, and our return to the world after Covid.” Womad NZ represented everything that made Womad unique, he said. Womad 2021 was cancelled due to Covid-19, but is back on track for 2022

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