The Pasifika Festival is one of Auckland’s longest running major events and each March attracts tens of thousands of people to Western Springs Park for a fantastic day to celebrate Auckland’s Pacific heritage. The village concept was introduced to showcase 10 distinct Pacific Island communities through their art, performances and of course their food.
In 2013, we’re taking this a step further. Not only will the event be expanded to include two festival days (March 9 and 10) the village programmes, stalls and look and feel of each village will be vastly different.
We’ve also introduced the Pan Pacific area which will be for stallholders who sell products from more than one nation.
In the tradition of past Pasifika Festivals, the 2013 event will represent 10 Pacific nations – Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Aoteoroa.
The 2013 event will give people a better than ever authentic Pasifika experience.
The Pasifika Festival is all about variety and entertainment – from 10 village stages which showcase a range of traditional community performance, arts and entertainment, to the Evolution stage which showcases emerging artists, and a mix of contemporary street dance with an emphasis on Pacific youth.
The feature village in 2013 is Aotearoa. This will be the centrepiece for international performers and nationally recognised Pacific Island artists and performers.