New Plymouth Botanical Gardens, North Island, New Zealand
New Zealand is the first country of size to herald in the new year.This year it may have been the last country to host a music festival before the “great shutdown”.
Womad ,as most will know, is a world music festival started by Peter Gabriel et al to promote musics from around the world. I have attended the festival in Adelaide – Womadelaide, reasonably regularly for many years. The last coule were very hot,crowded and with the foot traffic and heat, very dusty. For an asthmatic like me I had had enough. The Womad caravan continues on to NZ after Adelaide so this year a group of us decided to make the trip “across the ditch” take in the festival and tour the north island as well. Things were getting tight, with the virus hitting the northern hemisphere but down here it was the relative calm before the storm. So off we go! First impressions- what a beautiful lush park and as we turn into the first staging area there is the perfectly formed Mt Taranaki- overlooking proceedings.It is very hilly, unlike the flat grasslands of Adelaide, which » Continue Reading.