Taft pulls out of partnership with Womad, but the 2021 festival looks to go ahead

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Taft have given up its partnership to host Womad.

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Taft have given up its partnership to host Womad.

After 20 years of delivering the region’s biggest festival, the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust has said it can no longer host Womad due to financial risk.

But the three-day music, art and dance festival is still likely to go ahead in 2021 at New Plymouth’s Bowl of Brooklands, Womad director Chris Smith said.

“At Womad we are very sad that our festival partner for the last 20 years the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust (Taft) no longer feels that it can support the festival due to concerns over the financial risks associated with coronavirus.

“Since Taft advised us of their decision several months ago, at Womad we have been working hard to find a new production partner to keep the festival alive in 2021 and beyond.

* ‘No comment’ on Womad as Taft wraps up their final festival for the year
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* Arts trust considering its options for Womad 2021

“Those discussions are ongoing but very positive, and we hope to be able to announce the continuation of Womad New Zealand into 2021 in the coming days.”

The format for the 2021 festival, which is meant to run from March 12 to 14, will be different from previous years as it will mainly feature artists who are based in New Zealand.

Taft has been approached for comment.

More to come.



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