Wellington showcasing Pacific arts this weekend

The Wellington Pasifika’s 15th Arts Festival coincides with the city's anniversary weekend and showcases the region's diverse Pacific communities, cultures and cuisines reports RNZ Pacific.



Wellington City Council's events producer Suzanne Tamaki said since its beginning in 2005, the festival has grown and morphed yet remains true to the Pacific community.


Ms Tamaki said this year's festival will host Samoan band Punialava'a from Auckland and Aboriginal-Filipino singer Mojo Juju from Melbourne.


She said a diverse range of contemporary and traditional artists will be performing.


"Because you've got them coming from different islands - for example you've got Niue or Tonga or Samoa or Tokelau - that they have their own perspective of what it is that they're going to perform and their own stories.


"I guess the one thing is that you can say that it is from a Pacific perspective and they're wanting to celebrate their culture."


The Festival runs from midday Saturday in Odlins Plaza.


The event attracts over 15,000 visitors each year, to experience traditional and contemporary music, performances, delicious food, and activities from Samoa, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue, Fiji, Tokelau, Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea.



Pasifika Festival 2019 | Free entry


When: Saturday 19 January 2019


Time: 12 noon–6pm


Where: Odlins Plaza





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