January 30, 2019
Pacific arts festival nurtures new shoots
Creative New Zealand is seeking applications for Māori and Pasifika youth ambassadors to take part in next year’s 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture in Hawai’i.
Festival organisers have created the Ka hao te rangatahi youth ambassador leadership programme as a way to express the way culture is woven through the generations.
CNZ spokesperson Dee Sciascia says they will be part of the wider Aotearoa contingent of 100 artists, weavers, dancers and other tohunga.
While the arts remains the focus of the festival, organisers want to introduce other kaupapa.
"One of those kaupapa I think is going to be critical conversations about what is happening in the Pacific, what is happening in Te Moananui a Kiwa and for us as indigenous people so that's what we want our rangatahi to bring to this kaupapa, that indigenous lens and that lens on how we can work together, unified, helping and sharing each other's solutions to create change and a better tomorrow," she says.`
Applications for the youth ambassador programme, which is not limited to artists, close on March 1.
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