Christchurch shootings

“I always felt that WOMAD demonstrated the stupidity of racism, but when we see this crazy and evil burst of hatred taking so many innocent lives we have to counter the forces that pull us apart with the only one that is stronger, that can pull us together, and that is love.” – Peter Gabriel.

Our WOMAD Festival in New Zealand has opened today in Taranaki, New Plymouth, just a couple hours after the news of the dreadful shootings in Christchurch. It is a beacon of light, we hope, on a dark day.

The thoughts of everyone at Real World and WOMAD are with the families and friends of the victims.

Watch the Hon Andrew Little address the crowd at the TSB Bowl Stage to open WOMAD New Zealand 2019: “Let us celebrate what WOMAD stands for, for diversity, for tolerance and for love”.