Auckland Pasifika Festival will bring new features in 2019

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Pasifika performers at the 2018 Pasifika Festival at Western Springs in Auckland. Source: ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development)
Pasifika performers at the 2018 Pasifika Festival at Western Springs in Auckland. Source: ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development)

This year’s Pasifika Festival at Auckland’s Western Springs will have a number of new attractions, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) says.

The festival, now in its 27th year, is immensely popular and regularly attracts thousands of people in late March – this year it takes place on March 23 and March 24.

There will be more than 200 traditional and contemporary performances throughout the two-day event, as well as traditional art forms and practices from ten different “villages” within the festival.

This year, the villages will be from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Aotearoa, Hawaii, Tokelau, Samoa, Tahiti, Tuvalu and Tonga.

Each village will have its own stage, and this year there will also be another large shared stage, which will feature headline, international and large group performances.

ATEED Head of Major Events Stuart Turner says “Pasifika Festival brings together thousands of people – Aucklanders, domestic visitors and international travellers – to learn about and celebrate Pasifika culture.

“It is a great opportunity to tell the story of Auckland’s important Polynesian heritage, and to strengthen our identity as an exciting, cultural destination.”

The festival will proceed rain or shine, and attendees are encouraged to plan accordingly.

Source: NZ Ministry of Pacific Peoples