WOMAD NZ Adds Half Queen & Mo’Ju to the Festival Lineup + Unveils the 2024 New Zealand Programme

  • WOMAD NZ Adds Half Queen & Mo’Ju to the Festival Lineup + Unveils the 2024 New Zealand Programme
WOMAD NZ Adds Half Queen & Mo’Ju to the Festival Lineup + Unveils the 2024 New Zealand Programme

WOMAD NZ Adds Half Queen & Mo’Ju to the Festival Lineup + Unveils the 2024 New Zealand Programme

WOMAD NZ is thrilled to unveil two captivating additions to its 2024 lineup.

15-17 March, 2024
Brooklands Park and the TSB Bowl of Brooklands,
Ngāmotu | New Plymouth

Tickets on sale now from www.womad.co.nz

Joining the ranks of 29 extraordinary musical acts, WOMAD NZ proudly introduces Aotearoa’s very own Halfqueen, a boundary-pushing DJ renowned for her expertise in global club sounds infused with nostalgia and joy. In addition, Naarm/Melbourne-based award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-disciplinary artist Mo’Ju brings their unique talent and visceral brand of storytelling to WOMAD NZ.

These two Australasian acts join an already stellar lineup that spans from the maunga of Aotearoa to the heart of Zambia. With artists representing diverse musical traditions and cultural backgrounds, the 2024 edition of WOMAD NZ is set to be one of the most impressive in its storied history.

“We are incredibly excited to announce Halfqueen and Mo’Ju as part of the WOMAD NZ 2024 lineup,” says Josie Hunter-Annand, Associate Programme Director for WOMAD NZ. “Their unique talents and creative energy epitomize the spirit of diversity and innovation that defines WOMAD. We cannot wait to showcase their performances alongside our exciting roster of artists.”

Set under the watchful eye of the picture-perfect Mount Taranaki, the 2024 edition of WOMAD NZ promises to be an unmissable celebration of music, culture, and community.

The WOMAD NZ 2024 stage schedule, including World Of Words and OMV STEAM Labis now available at womad.co.nz. The adored artist workshops at the welcoming Te Paepae stage, and the highly anticipated Taste The World schedules are still to be announced.

For three days in March, the award-winning Brooklands Park and the TSB Bowl of Brooklands, Ngāmotu/ New Plymouth, will be home to this incredible melting pot of musicians, artists, writers, performers and forward-thinking academics.

See your festival favourites perform twice, or schedule your weekend around the exclusive one-off performances across the four main music stages. Visit the Kunming garden, home to World Of Words hosting a mixture of speakers, interviews, book sessions, poetry slams and comedy. Hear from inventors, innovators and visionaries at the top of their fields who are pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo at the OMV STEAM Lab.

Offering something for everyone, WOMAD NZ vows to be an unforgettable event and undeniably the must-attend festival of the season.

The Musicians appearing at WOMAD 2024, in alphabetical order:
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) * Fin Rah Zel (Aotearoa/NZ) * Gilberto Gil (Brazil) * Good Habits (UK) * Halfqueen (Aotearoa/NZ) * Ibibio Sound Machine (UK) * Lady Shaka (UK/Aotearoa/NZ) * Leenalchi (South Korea) Lisa O’Neill & Cormac Begley (Ireland) * Mari Kalkun (Estonia) * Mo’Ju (Australia) * 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) * Theia (Aotearoa/NZ) * Tio (Vanuatu) * WITCH (Zambia) * Ziggy Marley (Jamaica)

WOMAD NZs OMV STEAM Lab has become a cornerstone of the festival. The 2024 programme will provide a dynamic platform that unites brewers, modern architecture visionaries, professors, mathematicians, designers, and comic illustrators. This interdisciplinary initiative delves into the fascinating intersection of science, technology, engineering, art and math, exploring how these realms intertwine to shape our present and future. The OMV STEAM Lab promises an immersive experience, inviting festival-goers to engage with the forefront of innovation and creativity.

The OMV STEAM Lab speakers appearing at WOMAD 2024, in alphabetical order:
Andrew Jeffs (Marine Biologist at Auckland University) and Pete Gillespie (Founder and Head Brewer at Garage Project) * Bill Morris (Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker, Wildlife Cameraman and Science Journalist) * Jade Kake (General Manager Matakohe Architecture and Urbanism) * Megan Tapsell (Chair of AI Forum NZ) * Michael Hannah (Earth Sciences) * Pedram Hekmati (Mathematician) * Stephen Mushin (Industrial Designer and Comedic Illustrator)

Now in its sixth year, the World of Words programme has become a favourite for many at the annual WOMAD NZ festival. The 2024 edition is set to present one of the most impressive lineups to date. Nestled within the enchanting Kunming Garden, the World of Words programme invites attendees to celebrate the rich tapestry of human expression. Join renowned wordsmiths, linguists, and visionaries as they share their stories, wisdom, and visions of a world painted in the colours of literature.

The World of Words speakers appearing at WOMAD 2024, in alphabetical order:
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) * Tom Sainsbury (Actor, Comedian, and Social Media Sorcerer)

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