May 03, 2019
Strong line up for Pacific arts festival
Te Matatini winners Ngā Tūmanako and members of the Atamira dance troupe are among the 100 Māori and New Zealand-based contemporary Pasifika artists who will represent Aotearoa at the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture in Hawai’i in June 2020.
Dean Whiting, who will head the delegation alongside Caren Rangi, says Creative New Zealand is extremely pleased with the quality and range of emerging and established artists selected.
He says the festival provides a valuable opportunity to share and celebrate indigenous artistry and skills and for the artists to also develop networks throughout the Pacific for future collaborations.
Those selected represent a breadth of artforms ranging from customary Māori arts such as uku or clay artistry, taonga pūoro, tā moko, weaving and whakairo through to contemporary arts practices such as dance, music, visual arts, moving image and sculpture, spoken-word poetry and theatre.
Six rangatahi were chosen for a youth leadership ambassador programme, and they will explore, discuss and debate language, culture, art, environment, politics and society with other young leaders the 27 other Pacific nations represented.
In the theatre section, Tawata Productions will perform Miria George’s Fire In The Water, Fire In The Sky, and Te Rehia will perform SolOthello.
Tā moko will be represented by Derek Lardelli, Anikaaro Harawira, Joni Brooking and Henare Brooking, and Janine and Bud Williams will show off their urban contemporary street art.
Visual artists and painters include Jasmine Horton, Vanessa Edwards,
Samantha Farquhar, Natasha Keating and Bethany Edmunds, while Qiane Matata-Sipu will show photographs from her Ihumātao projects.
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