Music moves the crowds

Womad fever knows no age boundaries.

Nor does its magic fade over time.

Teeming through the festival last night were teenagers, middle-agers, baby-boomers, old-timers and the just plain young.

The audience get up and dance at Womad.
The audience get up and dance at Womad.

For 9-year-old Kali Taylor from Whangarei, this year's Womad is her fifth.

"It's kind of like a tradition," she says.

"I'm here with my mum, dad, sisters and friends."

What does she like best then?

"Probably the dancing and the singing and the music. I'm an energetic person," Kali said.

Also energetic were the Kirk family, of Oakura.

Husband and wife Andre and Esther only moved to Taranaki 10 months ago and this is their first festival.

"We come with the kids to Pukekura Park all the time and they love music. It's such a good opportunity to bring them to experience what it's like at a festival," Mrs Kirk said.

And to get into the spirit of things, their sons, Khan, 3, and Joel, 4, were dressed as Batman and Spiderman respectively.

"I did have other clothes out but you know they came out in that. It will be something different tomorrow." Khan was also sporting an essential for any junior Womader: his mum's cell phone number on his arm, just in case he gets lost.

The festival's colours had worked their magic on the boys.

"They walked down the drive and they were saying 'Look at the flags; look at the people'."

In the line for the Krishna Food tent, a couple at the opposite end of the age spectrum to the boys were Steve and Jenny Kendall.

Great Barrier Island residents, they were also enjoying their first Womad.

Steve was looking forward to live music; Jenny the craft stalls.

Last night was all about working out the lay of the land, and then figuring out who they will watch today.

"It's just lovely to be here," they said.

A feeling plenty of festival- goers shared last night.

Taranaki Daily News