Heading to Womad an annual event for New Plymouth family gallery

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Day 2 of the WOMAD festival, New Plymouth.

Listening to music from around the world has become an annual event for Tane and Adrianna Morgan.

Along with their twins, the couple were among the thousands of music lovers who have streamed into New Plymouth's Brooklands Park for Womad.

The New Plymouth couple said they used to have a coffee stall at the festival for about five years, but for the last three had come along just to enjoy it with their 2-year-old twins Indigo and Knox.

Brushy one string filled up The Dell Stage during his Saturday afternoon performance.
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Brushy one string filled up The Dell Stage during his Saturday afternoon performance.

"We were here last night and then we bring the kids every Saturday, bring them in the morning until mid afternoon," Tane said.

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"They're loving it, they've had a bit of a kanikani to that band that was on just before, had a bit of a dance and checking out all the sights."

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The New Zealand Dance Company perform Brouhaha on the Gables Stage on Saturday.

Hanoi Masters traveled from Vietnam to be part of the festival.

Festival goers get the best vantage points before the next artist comes on stage.

Van-Anh Vo of the Hanoi Masters performs on the Gables Stage.

Dhani Trebles 3, enjoys the music.

Lord Echo performs on the Brooklands Stage.

Crowds have been streaming in since gates opened at 11am.

The East Pointers on stage.

Festival goers had to get in early to get a good spot.

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Adrianna said she was pregnant during their last year working with the stall and the children had been to every festival since.

"It always amazes me how kids go in this environment, it's a sensory overload," she said.

"So I guess they've just adapted to it from the begining."

The New Zealand Dance Company perform Brouhaha on the Gables Stage.
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The New Zealand Dance Company perform Brouhaha on the Gables Stage.

The beating rhythm of Tago, and the country sounds of The East Pointers, kicked off the festival at noon on Saturday.

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Crowds were lining up outside the gates before they opened at 11am, and people have been streaming around Brooklands Park since then.

Megan Hinchliffe, who was visiting from Whangarei, was watching her son Dhani Trebles, 3, dance to the sounds of Lord Echo and said it was the second time they had been to the festival.

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The Bowl of Brooklands filled up for the opening of the festival.

Womad is opened by dignitaries including New Plymouth mayor Neil Holdom, Minister for arts, culture and heritage Maggie Barry and Iwi representitives.

The Sensorie stilt dancers were spotted around the park.

Womad runs for three days, finishing on Sunday evening.

New Plymouth Mayor Neil Holdom speaks during the opening of the festival.

Archie Roach opens Womad on the Bowl stage.

Indiah Holder-Lunn, 18, from Christchurch meets a swan during the opening act of Womad on the Bowl stage.

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"It's great for the kids," she said.

"It's cool, they fell asleep in the pram last night so we got to see The Specials. We'll see how tonight goes."

St John had seen a "steady stream" of people over friday and saturday, district operations manager Stuart Cockburn said.

Nattali Rize had the crowd moving when she performed on the Gables stage on Friday night.
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Nattali Rize had the crowd moving when she performed on the Gables stage on Friday night.

Two people had been taken to hospital, one due to a medical event and another with a suspected fractured arm, but Cockburn said the incident had been off-site.

Paramadics had been busy looking after people suffering from sore heads, blisters and sore feet. 

Korean group Tago combined a mixture of serious drumming with humour that had the crowd in the Bowl of Brooklands laughing, clapping and tapping along.

Lord Echo, the guitarist and producer for the Black Seeds, also had the crowd at the Brooklands Stage dancing and cheering.

Cancer researcher Tane Hunter and political economist Angus Hervey talked about their take on the future and the frontiers of science and technology in one of the World of Words sessions.

Saturday passes sold out on Friday afternoon, meaning the day will probably be the busiest of the weekend, but three-day weekend passes are still available. 

 - Stuff

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