Eleven years of Womad and counting for 11-year-old music fan

Danielle Todd-Hinz, 11, has been to every Womad since she was born, along with her parents Mike Todd and Lee-Anne Hinz.
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Danielle Todd-Hinz, 11, has been to every Womad since she was born, along with her parents Mike Todd and Lee-Anne Hinz.

Heading to Womad has become a bit of a tradition for Danielle​ Todd-Hinz.

The 11-year-old has been to every festival since she was born and this year she was one of the 12,500 music fans that filled Brooklands Park in New Plymouth on Saturday for the annual festival of music and dance.

"It's cool, all the music and things you can see because pretty much every year there's new things," she said.

Tane and Adrianna Morgan brought their twins Knox and Indigo, 2 1/2, to enjoy the festival.
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Tane and Adrianna Morgan brought their twins Knox and Indigo, 2 1/2, to enjoy the festival.

Her parents, Mike Todd and Lee-Anne Hinz, have been coming to the festival since it came to Taranaki in 2003 and Hinz was pregnant with Danielle during the 2005 festival, back when it was a biennial event.

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"We had to go cold turkey for a year in between," Hinz said.

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The sun is shining in New Plymouth for the final day of WOMAD 2017

"We just fell in love with it."

It was the music, the people and the vibe that kept the Taranaki family coming back every year, rain or shine, Todd said.

"Probably the cliche that everyone says is it's the perfect family festival," he said.

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The Hot 8 Brass Band stole the show on Sunday afternoon.

The Hot 8 Brass Band.

The La Cymbalobylette music contraption drew a crowd.

American Tourist Brittany Baker was getting into WOMAD on sunday, sunflower sunglasses and all.

A few of the WOMAD crew getting into some selfie action.

Crowds fill the Bowl of Brooklands.

Kids on shoulders was a popular choice today.

There were a number of stalls from around the world.

9Bach performing on the Todd Energy Brooklands Stage.

Welsh group 9Bach.

People were getting right into the spirit of things on Sunday.

Flax weaving was one many activities available to WOMAD participants.

Giant crosswords were available for people to complete.

The La Cymbalobylette music contraption drew a crowd.

The crowd has found different ways of dealing with the heat, from stripping down to finding shade.

Julia Truscott from Big Bubble Love in Paekakariki entertains the masses with her massive balloons.

Oceane Gilchrist, 3, has been taking photos of her little WOMAD mascot throughout the weekend.

A massive 'CD Wall' created by Murray Chong.

There was standing room only at Nattali Rize's performance on the Brooklands Stage.

So many places to see around Womad.

The Bowl begins to fill up for the day.

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The family always tried to get up close to the stage to get the best experience of the various artists.

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"Now I'm taller I can actually see, rather than being on dad's shoulders," Danielle laughed.

She wasn't the only person at the festival that had been heading along since before she was born.

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Day 2 of the WOMAD festival, New Plymouth.

Tane and Adrianna Morgan brough along their twins Indigo and Knox for the show.

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.

"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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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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"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."

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.

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

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