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February 2001, Volume 12, Number 2

Pacific Showcase

Christchurch was treated to a free Pacific festival in early February...

Tasi (meaning ‘one’ in Samoan) was organised by Pacific Underground -- a community group set up to create a platform for Polynesians to tell their own stories through theatre, music and the arts.

Community Employment Group fieldworker Maria Godinet-Watts, who has provided support and advice to the group, says that Tasi was an opportunity for Pacific peoples to showcase their performing ability to a wide cross-section of the community.

Guests included the Naked Samoans’ Wake Me Up Before You Go Go (a Pacific comedy troupe who take a trip back to the 1980s to relive their childhood) and Pacific Underground’s Romeo and Tusi (which transforms Romeo and Juliet into a contemporary urban setting laced with wicked Pacific humour and music).

The festival also featured storytelling, exhibitions, food and fashions.

Local guests included Sheelahroc, Te Huaki Puanaki, Te Whanau Puawaiora, Charmed One, Jahmen, Tribal Links and Pause.

Other stories about Pacific Island Art:
Production Experience - Pacific Underground (July 2001)
Nurturing Artistic Confidence - Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust (July 2001)
Culture at Heart - Pukepuke o Tonga (May 2001)
Planning on Impact - MPACT (March 2001)
Daughters of the Pacific - Daughters of the Pacific (January 2002)
Labour of Love - Enuamanu Vainetini (March 2001)
Floral Attraction - Fefine Fekumi (April 2000)
Wake Up Call - Art in the Park (March 2000)
Festival Keeps Getting Better - Pasifika (March 2002)
Getting Into The Frame - Enuamanu Vainetini (May 2002)
Developing a Style - Sony Pepe (July 2002)
Raising the Standards - Mika (August 2002)
Weaving Into Work - Kiekie o Hemoana (September 2002)
Freedom to Create - Emma Kesha (December 2002)
Festival Booms - Pasifika (March 2003)
Pacific Showcase - Pasifika (March 2004)
Other stories about Festivals:
Celebrating Its Past - Celebration Lyttelton Trust (October 2000)
Mini Festival Brings Samoan Community Together - Ministers' Fraternal Group (June 2000)
Fantastic Week for Rural Women - Positively Clutha Women (June 2000)
Entries Sought - Wastebusters Trust Canterbury (May 2000)
Floral Attraction - Fefine Fekumi (April 2000)
A 'Brilliant' Performance - Aotearoa Traditional Maori Performing Arts Festival (March 2000)
A Blooming Good Time - Inglewood Crossroads Promotions (March 2000)
Picton Fizzing - Picton Urban Design (January 2000)
Cavalcade Rolls into Middlemarch Community - Middlemarch Community (March 2002)
Festival Keeps Getting Better - Pasifika (March 2002)
Celebrating Diversity - Enterprise Otara (October 1999)
Festivities Bring Tokelau Community Together - CEG (April 2002)
Teamwork Wins Over - Hurunui Lakes Promotion Group (May 2002)
'Most Beautiful Place in the World' Sees the Light - Barney Whaitiri (March 1999)
Street's Ahead - Cuba Street Carnival Collective Trust (July 2002)
Festival Booms - Pasifika (March 2003)
Festival Raises the Profile of Lawrence - Lawrence Summer Arts Festival (March 2003)
Entertainment and Colour - Cuba Street Carnival Trust (January 2004)
Providing Opportunities - Pasifika (July 2004)
Bold, Outrageous, Wild - Central South Island Tourism (December 2004)
CONTACT
Tanya Mavaega, Pacific Underground
PO Box 3934, Christchurch
Phone (03) 377 1097
Fax (03) 377 1096
Mobile 021 131 3693
email: pacific.underground@clear.net.nz

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