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February 2001, Volume 12, Number 2
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.
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