World class!

My boys loved the Haka

Chat It's Fate - - Your Divine Side - Jai Bre­it­nauer, 37, Auck­land, New Zealand

Hey look, Mummy,’ my 7-year old son Isaac said. ‘There’s some­one swim­ming in the lake!’

Hip-hop act De La Soul were on the main stage, which was sep­a­rated from the au­di­ence by a nat­u­ral lake – and there was in­deed some­one swim­ming doggedly to­wards them! It summed up the spon­ta­neous, can-do feel­ing of the whole fes­ti­val.

It was March 2016 and I was at Wo­mad, in New Ply­mouth. Known as ‘the world’s fes­ti­val,’ there’s a Wo­mad in 30 coun­tries around the world, in­clud­ing the UK, Chile, Spain – and New Zealand, where I now live, hav­ing mar­ried a Kiwi!

Held in the stun­ning Brook­lands Park, there was a fo­cus on world mu­sic – we saw the amaz­ing Lady­smith Black Mam­bazo per­form, as well as Bri­tish folk band Spiro and lo­cal acts Bic Runga and Katchafire. Te Kapa Haka o Te Whanau a Apanui opened the week­end. Kapa Haka is Maori per­for­mance arts – es­sen­tially, ‘the Haka’ is part of Kapa Haka. There was lots of mu­sic and sto­ries, and it was cul­tur­ally very rel­e­vant. The kids loved the liv­ing li­brary – where you could loan ‘hu­man books’ for 30 to 60 min­utes to tell you a story. I en­joyed sev­eral vis­its to the Asi­ain­spired Kun­ming Gar­den re­treat, with heal­ers, natur­opaths and tarot read­ers. What I liked best was how lo­cal it all was – half of Auck­land turned out! It was so safe that the kids could go off by them­selves, with a pre-ar­ranged meet­ing time and place. For a world fes­ti­val, it re­ally made me ap­pre­ci­ate the unique cul­ture and spir­i­tu­al­ity of the coun­try I live in.

Safe event: Kid­ding around

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