Wellington hosts 15th Pacific festival this weekend

Pacific arts. Picture: RNZ

WELLINGON, 18 JANUARY 2019 (RNZ PACIFIC) – New Zealand’s capital will host its 15th Pacific arts festival this weekend.

The Wellington Pasifika Festival coincides with the city’s anniversary weekend and showcases the region’s diverse Pacific communities, cultures and cuisines.

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.

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 – which 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.

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