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Theia & More Join WOMAD NZ Lineup

Four global acts join previously announced Ziggy Marley and Arooj Aftab on lineup


Frances Carter

 The WOMAD NZ 2024 lineup has been expanded to include a diverse array of artists.

In addition to the previously announced headliners such as Ziggy Marley and Arooj Aftab, four global acts have been added to the roster: French House duo Braxe + Falcon, Irish folk sensations Lisa O’Neill & Cormac Begley, Estonian folk artist Mari Kalkun, and Aotearoa’s own Theia.

The festival has also announced speakers for the popular World of Words programme including Wellington comedian Kura Forrester, music writer and broadcaster Nick Bollinger, Manawatū based writer Helen Lehndorf,  and Tom Sainsbury, fresh off the success of his Kiwi film, Loop Track (see the full line-up below). 

WOMAD NZ will be held in New Plymouth between March 15th-17th. Tickets are on sale now via the official website.

The festival returned in style to celebrate its 20th anniversary earlier this year, receiving positive reviews from critics.

WOMAD leaves you with much more than just three days in the sun. It leaves you with new food, new artists, and sometimes even new genres you never knew you loved,” the NZ Herald wrote. “To fully appreciate the spirit, it is best to spend the three days here in the magical botanic gardens. To experience the WOMAGIC,” was how The 13th Floor described the festival.

“WOMAD is still a place for all ages and all people. We still want to hear the stories, sing the songs, and gin the battles on behalf of the downtrodden, celebrate music and cultures in all their forms, just as Peter Gabriel envisaged,” wrote Ambient Light.


March 15th-17th 2024
Brooklands Park/TSB Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth

Tickets available via womad.co.nz


Anthonie Tonnon (Aotearoa/NZ) * Arooj Aftab (Pakistan/USA) * Baaba Maal (Senegal) * Bailey Wiley (Aotearoa/NZ) * Braxe + Falcon (France) * DakhaBrakha (Ukraine) * Dubioza Kolektiv (Bosnia & Herzegovina) * Equus (Mongolia/Australia) * Gilberto Gil (Brazil) * Good Habits (UK) * Ibibio Sound Machine (UK) * Lady Shaka (UK/Aotearoa/NZ) * Leenalchi (South Korea) Lisa O’Neill & Cormac Begley (Ireland) * Mari Kalkun (Estonia) * Moonlight Benjamin (Haiti-France) * Morcheeba (UK) * Nitin Sawhney (UK) * Pongo (Angola – Portugal) * Rei (Aotearoa/NZ) * Son Rompe Pera (Mexico) * Strawpeople (Aotearoa/NZ) * Te Kaahu (Aotearoa/NZ) * Tejendra Majumdar & Ambi Subramaniam (India) * Te Kaahu (Aotearoa/NZ) * Theia (Aotearoa/NZ) * Tio (Vanuatu) * WITCH (Zambia) * Ziggy Marley (Jamaica)

World of Words 
Caroline Barron (Award-winning Author, Story Coach, Presenter, and Manuscript Maestro), Dame Gaylene Preston (Trailblazing Writer, Director and Producer), Helen Lehndorf (Wordsmith And Forager), Kate Evans (Rockstar Journalist) Kura Forrester (Actor, Writer, and Comedian),  Dr. Monty Soutar (Teacher, Soldier, Historian, and Novelist), Nick Bollinger (Writer, Broadcaster, and Critic) and Tom Sainsbury (Actor, Comedian, and Social Media Sorcerer,)