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Helping make WOMAD accessible to Taranaki

This year, the Trust is supporting kapa haka workshops in South Taranaki with national title holder Te Whanau-a-Apanui.
This year, the Trust is supporting kapa haka workshops in South Taranaki with national title holder Te Whanau-a-Apanui.

In March every year the world comes to Taranaki for WOMAD.

Artists from around the globe flock to the TSB Bowl of Brooklands and the adjoining park to sing, play instruments, dance and take workshops.

Intertwined with this March 18 to 20 event is the TSB Community Trust, which helps make WOMAD accessible to the people.

The Trust, a long standing WOMAD Partner, supports the TSB Community Trust volunteer programme. To help WOMAD run smoothly, about 600 volunteers do everything from backstage artist liaison to picking up rubbish.

Between shifts, these volunteers get to experience WOMAD for free.

In the lead-up to WOMAD, the Trust also backs community programmes, enabling school children to get a taste of the three-day festival.

This year, the Trust is supporting kapa haka workshops in South Taranaki with national title holder Te Whanau-a-Apanui.

The East Coast group won their first kapa haka national title back in 2005 and was crowned overall winner of the Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival 2015.

Budding cooks also get a chance to showcase their talents at the TSB Community Trust Cook Off, hosted by celebrity chef Jax Hamilton.

For this, teams of Taranaki high school students are invited to cook a dish from one of the top 10 cuisines of the world.

The schools find a representative team, which then goes to WITT for a final cook-off with Jax as the judge. The overall winner then gets to cook their dish in the Nova Energy Taste of the World area during WOMAD.

The Trust's aim is that all of the WOMAD projects it supports, touch the community in many ways, greatly extending the reach of the world festival.