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WOMAD will stay in Taranaki for next 10 years

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World music festival WOMAD has announced a 10-year partnership deal with the New Plymouth District Council.

The international arts festival has based its New Zealand leg in New Plymouth for the past 16 years.

New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom said WOMAD is “part of Taranaki’s DNA”, and furthers the city’s vision of being known as the country’s “lifestyle capital”.

WOMAD International’s Mike Large said he was “so pleased” the city has made “WOMAD welcome for another 10 years.”

He said the “long-term commitment” gave the festival room to plan ahead, and “bring even more of the world to New Plymouth.”

TSB and Todd Energy have also announced ongoing partnership with the festival, extending its the businesses’ respective agreements for another three years.

WOMAD NZ Event Director and Programme Manager Emere Wano said the festival “is more important than ever in our community and globally to help build a society that respects and learns from others differences.

She added that WOMAD 2020 will “continue to celebrate the world’s differences and aims to excite, inform and create awareness for all attendees.