July 13, 2021
Aronui Festival chance for a laugh
Rotorua will be alive with indigenous arts in September with the third Aronui Theratre.
Director Cian Ellyse White says the kaupapa of the festival is to inspire, empower, uplift, and share art of the world via an indigenous lens for all people.
Rotorua-born Troy Kingi will return to his roots to headline the festival with his band The Upperclass.
There's also film, dance, musical theatre, a drag show, and of it will encompass Māori language week.
Ms White says after last year's Covid-affected online festival, people want to get out and share their stories.
"People are starving to connect and we find people want to come to quality events, to have a laugh, to have a night out together and that's what Aronui's about and that's what a lot of our indigenous kaupapa, the mission is to bring people together," she says.
Aronui will run from September 9 to 19
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