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Taft moves forward with Reset Festival despite pandemic uncertainty

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Country music star Tami Neilson will perform at the Reset Festival in Taranaki in November.  (File photo).

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Country music star Tami Neilson will perform at the Reset Festival in Taranaki in November. (File photo).

A Taranaki festival is moving forward despite the uncertainty of Covid-19.

The Taranaki Art Festival Trust (Taft) ten-day Reset Festival returns to the region from November 4-14.

Like other festivals and events across the country, Taft remains optimistic that the lockdown will not weaken the spirit of the region or suppress appetite for the arts and entertainment.

“We are courageous, daring again and plan to present Reset even with our current challenges regarding Covid,” said Suzanne Porter, Managing Director of Taft, in a press release.

“We hope that everything will be fine by November and that you can once again enjoy the diverse range that makes up Reset.”

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The festival will feature 18 individual shows, 81 artists across 33 events, and includes performances in Eltham, Pihama, Waitara and Stratford.

Acts include award-winning country music singer Tami Neilson, comedians Laura Daniel and Joseph Moore’s Two Hearts: we are pregnant and the baby is music, false-French interpreters, A Slightly Isolated Dog and play The Haka party incident.

Taft’s artistic director, Megan Brown, said 2020 and the ongoing challenge of adjusting to life with a pandemic has shown how important the arts are.

“This year’s Reset Festival is an invitation to strengthen bonds within our community, sharing the experience with neighbors, friends, family and strangers when levels allow. “

Tickets can be purchased at www.resetfest.co.nz.