Reunion sisters' prize in Womad contest

21:55, Feb 20 2013
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Two sisters, Mikaela and Jacquie Lewis will be reunited at Womad after winning Womad's Win A Trip competition.

Two Canadian sisters are to be reunited at Womad 2013 after taking out the festival's Win a Trip competition.

After falling in love with New Zealand three years ago - and one of its native men - Mikaela Lewis nominated her younger sister, Jacquie, to win the competition.

Her plan: to show her 21-year-old sibling just how great life in New Zealand is.

"I love the culture and the atmosphere. I love the fact there's mountains and the ocean so close together and I love looking out over places like the Waitakere Ranges feeling like I'm in the middle of Jurassic Park or something," she said.

Nominations were submitted to Womad's website and after public voting, a final decision was made by judges based on the entry's creativity.

Mikaela, 23, said having grown up around fairs and festivals, she was looking forward to the two of them reuniting at Womad 2013.

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"My mum is a pottery artist and I'm a henna tattoo artist, so we both went to festivals and my sister would come along and help out.

"We grew up in that environment and it's just beautiful - it feels like home."

Having been to Womad in 2011, the Auckland resident said there was no doubt her sister, known to suffer from the condition "boogie fever", would embrace the world music festival.

"She's so excited, I think she'll love it."

The Lewises' entry beat almost 50 others to win.

"We didn't have the most votes but it was based on creativity, not number of votes, and we definitely had a creative entry," she said.

Womad marketing and communications manager Lisa McMullan said the judges were humbled by the efforts entrants went to and the depth of feeling and sincerity expressed about the wonder of the festival.

"All the entries were very creative but there was something very special about sisters vying to be reunited with each other that pulled everyone's heart strings and the creativity of their video won over the judges," she said.

Taranaki Daily News