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A trip to WOMAD

The WOMAD Festival begins on Friday, 15 March. Gates Open at 9:00 am, and stage entertainment starts around 6:00 pm. Festivities end around 11:30 pm on Sunday, 17 March. Some of us will be heading up early on Friday to claim and set up our camping spot. Depending on when people feel like leaving, there is flexibility in when people drive up there.

We're also organizing this trip through another Meetup, Chalkle, so there will be more than just road trippers coming.

Venue: The TSB Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth

What we will be doing:
We’ll be carpooling up to New Plymouth to attend the WOMAD (World of Music and Dance) Festival at the TBS Bowl of Brooklands. Once there, we will set up our tents around a gazebo. Then we’ll have the opportunity for energetic and enjoyable adventures at:

• Music and Dance Performances
• Music and Dance Workshops with Performers
• Impromptu Drum Circles and Jam Sessions

Other opportunities include:
• The Artist in Conversation Programme
• Cooking Sessions and the WOMAD Cook-Off
• The Human Library, where you can borrow a Human Book

What to bring:
I suggest you bring musical instruments, drums, cymbals, Frisbees, etc. Also your dancing shoes if you have them, although bare feet would probably suffice. The WOMAD people suggest bringing the following: Tent and pegs; Torch with extra batteries; Groundsheet; Pillow; Sleeping bag/blanket; Toiletries; Wet wipes; Towel; Rubbish bags; Insect repellent; Cell phone; Something comfy to sit on (only sand chairs are permitted in the venue these are the lowest type of carry/camping chairs); Sunscreen; Hat; Sunglasses; Money and ID; Chapstick; Lip balm; Waterproof jacket; Clothing for hot and cold weather; Spare shoes; Camera (with spare film and/or batteries); Spare car keys (just in case!); … and last but not least, Tickets. —I wonder about the need for wet wipes and the obsession with lip-care, but that’s their list.

The three-day pass with camping costs about $300. If you plan to go, you should BUY YOUR TICKET ASAP—they do sell out. You will also need to buy food and contribute to the cost of getting up there. We will each be individually responsible for our own food and drink, which can be brought along or bought at stalls. NOTE—We are not allowed to bring alcohol.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be there with my daughter and a few friends. Will be great to be part of a larger group

    March 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Plans have changed and I'm child free this year so taking my motorbike on a bit of me time to womad. Gonna make a bit of a day riding on the Friday and be aiming to be at camping area mid afternoon. Do you have an idea where you'll be aiming to stop for lunch?

      March 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Haven't discussed it yet with Martin, who I'm trying to organize this with. Will get back to you....

      March 5, 2013

  • cecily g.

    SOunds lovely - have done WOMAD many times and it's always worth it. My spirit goes with you while I'm staying here to go to the Rodriguez concert (being an ex-South African I'm going to totally relive my youth!)

    1 · February 23, 2013

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