Pasifika Festival celebrates 25th anniversary with top of the line events

Published on : Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pasifika FestivalThe 25th anniversary Pasifika Festival takes place weekend in Auckland. Western Springs Park will be transformed into a slice of Island paradise on March 25th and 26th, with 11 villages wrapping around the lake. Each village represents a Pacific Island nation and has a distinctly different vibe.

 

Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Tahiti, Tokelau, Fiji and Kiribati; follow your nose and you will discover Hawaii’s smokey BBQ delights or, if you are wondering what the noise is about, head along to the Cook Island and Samoa villages. They are renowned for their high-energy stage performances.

 

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) delivers Pasifika in conjunction with Orange Productions, on behalf of Auckland Council.

 

ATEED Head of Major Events Charmaine Ngarimu says the 25-year-old festival has a special place in the hearts of Aucklanders and organisers are thrilled to see a strong youth contingent representing Pacifica culture and sharing the stage with some of the original Pasifika Festival founders throughout the weekend.

 

There will be a special 25th anniversary showcase on Saturday with performances from Ura Tabu dance group, the Kamehameha Schools Hawai-ian Ensemble Dance Group and singing sensations Adeaze and Resonate. There will also be cultural performances from six leading Auckland high schools.

 

On Sunday, there will be a choral celebration at the Fijian Village. There will be performances from the Auckland Gospel Choir, Stand Up Stand Out per-forming arts competition participants from St Paul’s College, Aorere College, Southern Cross Campus and Avondale College, and Resonate.

 

Pasifika Festival is one of Auckland’s four major cultural festivals, along with the Auckland Lantern Festival, Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival and Auckland Diwali Festival.

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