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March 2003, Volume 14, Number 3

Festival Booms

Auckland’s successful Pasifika Festival may become a two-day event next year, to cater for the burgeoning number of activities, stalls and visitors.

Up to 200,000 people were estimated to have attended this year’s festival.

Festival project manager Ayliss Ripley says that internationally successful performers Te Vaka were one of the highlights of the day.

“They haven’t played at Pasifika since 1998.”

Pasifika’s ACC Think Safe Breakdance Battle attracted numerous entries, and other activities such as three on three basketball, graffiti art and an interactive jamming area were popular with the young people.

“We’re looking at having a multi-day event next year. It has become so big that we need to spread it over two days.”

This was the 11th year the festival has been held.

Other stories about Festivals:
Pacific Showcase - Pacific Underground (February 2001)
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 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)
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)
Pacific Showcase - Pacific Underground (February 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)
Pacific Showcase - Pasifika (March 2004)
Pasifika Festival,
Private Bag 92516, Wellesley Street,
Auckland, Phone (09) 353 9546, email:pasifika@aucklandcity.govt.nz

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