Ten - Pacific Arts Festival
Sorry, this event’s been and gone
|Thu 4 Feb ’10, 10:00am–11:00pm||
|Sat 6 Feb ’10, 8:00am–11:45pm||
Where: The Arts Centre of Christchurch, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch City
Restrictions: All Ages
Event listed by: PUEvents
After presenting 10 festivals in Christchurch, Pacific Underground will cease delivering the annual Pacific Arts Festival as it prepares for the final time ‘Ten - Pacific Arts’ that will be held from 3 - 6 February, 2010.
For the first time ever the popular Family Day that is the biggest celebration of the festival falls on Waitangi Day marking a significant change of direction for performing arts collective Pacific Underground (PU).
“It’s a good fit. As a group, we have travelled as far as Dunedin for Waitangi Day to join hands with our family in solidarity as Pasifika supporting Maori. Like Waitangi Day, the Family Day is our opportunity to celebrate who we are as Pasifika people living in Christchurch” says Festival and music director Pos Mavaega.
Pacific Underground members, who are all part of the festival team, will continue leading creative projects in theatre and music and with skills gained from the past 10 festivals continue working on events around the country.
"We’ll replace the festival with a music gig called Pacific Roots South. We’ll still be supporting musicians and artists, but in a different setting,” says Pos. “It’s been a tough call for us, but 2009 was a big year with two new theatre shows - “Angels” and “Rangi and Mau’s Amazing Race”, a CD near completion, and bringing everything we could in a short time for the tsunami benefit concert ‘I Love The Islands’ as part of the national series. It reaffirmed for us where we are as a group and how far we have come with events. Our music and theatre shows still reflect very much who we are in New Zealand.”.
“The festival has been significant for Christchurch and PU. Many Pasifika artists from all over came to Christchurch to collaborate, create, perform and display with local artists and many of them first time visitors to this city.” says Tanya Muagututi’a festival creator.
“Ten festivals is a good place to finish up, and for me, Stephanie’s retrospective exhibition ‘Island Summers’ reflects how we all put so much heart and soul in the event. Looking back on the photos, old reports - and there were many reports, it still overwhelms me. When I see those artists around the country, they ask after our team members or about the festival so I know that the impression left by the gig has been a good and long lasting one. So it’s a sad time for PU, but we’re very proud to have delivered an event like this.”
The festival has featured artists such as:
• Writers and poets Albert Wendt, Sarona Iosefa - Aiono, Tusiata Avia, Victor Rodger, Oscar Kightley and Simon Small, D Kamali, the Fika writers collective;
• Artists Fatu Feu’u, Michel Tuffery, master carver Johnny Penisula, master weaver Misa Emma Kesha, master carver Riki Manuel, master sculptor Filipe Tohi, Lonni Hutchinson, Stone Maka, Sheyne Tuffery, Jo Tito, Felolini Maria Ifopo, Cerisse Palalagi, Leafa Janice Wilson;
• Music groups and soloists - Dallas Tamaira, Ladi 6, Da Feelstyle, Nesian Mystik, Adeaze, Cydel and the Groovehouse, Mark Vanilau, Toni Huata, ‘Koile, Interislander Sound, Sista Waitoa, Te Huaki Puanaki Tribalincs, Sunga, Jahmen, Que, Sheelahroc,Unkle Styx, Ebone Fieldz, F.U.S.A, D’sendantz, Niu Seila;
• Performing arts - Siaosi Mulipola, Pacific Underground’s Romeo and Tusi, Rangi Mau’s Fantastic Voyage and Island Summer, The Naked Samoans, The Laughing Samoans, Sparkajive Entertainment, Te Kotahitanga Kapa Haka, Te Ahikaaroa Kapa Haka, Samoan Methodist Youth Group.
• Film and video makers: - Makerita Urale, Shirley Horrocks, Lala Rolls, Whare Pullan, Barbara Carpenter, Sarah Hunter, DJ Mu,
There is other surrounding Waitangi Day events at The Arts Centre with the Tamaki Heritage Village presenting a re-enactment of NZ’s 150-year history and the Parihaka Exhibition - an exhibition and story of the peaceful resistance of the Parihaka Maoris to the taking of their land in the 1880’s to the fore.