August 30, 2022
Kōanga Festival brings new life to arts
If you’re still recovering from Matariki, get ready for kōanga.
To mark the spring, Te Pou Theatre is holding a Kōanga Festival next month.
It includes Ngā Tohu o Te Taiao, a collaboration between mātauranga Māori expert Rikki Solomon, live sand art performer Marcus Winter and taonga puoro master Jerome Kavanagh, AKA Pūoro Jērome.
Solomon believes kōanga was as important as Matariki.
“Koanga was the time our tipuna would start applying the knowledge they have been learning and practicing though winter, and this was a very important time for our tupuna to connect to the taiao, to do the gardening, life had begun again. That’s what kōanga is about, it’s a new beginning, a new start,” he says.
Rikki Solomon says tickets are selling fast for the five day season of Ngā Tohu o Te Taiao starting September 27 at at the Basement Theatre in Auckland.