WOMAD festival of Music, Arts and Dance
WOMAD stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance. It is an international arts festival initially created through a shared enthusiasm and passion for world music. The musician Peter Gabriel was one of the co-founders. In New Zealand, (one of the 27 countries that holds WOMAD festivals) WOMAD draws thousands of people to New Plymouth’s Brooklands Park where they experience a variety of food, crafts, workshops, and music from around the world. More than 1000 artists have appeared at WOMAD New Zealand. For example, the 2013 festival headlined such performers as Amparo Sanchez, Hugo Mendez, Soweto Gospel Choir, Tenzin Choegyal and the Monks of Tibet, Taj Mahal and Newtown Rocksteady.