This new and exciting initiative, sponsored by CITC has been designed to inspire cultural teams to show-off their creative talents by designing stunning Cook Islands-inspired dance costumes.
This year’s new event for Te Maeva Nui will for the first time acknowledge the creators behind the costumes.
“Acknowledging the amazingly talented dancers, singers and their performances is nothing new – but acknowledging the people who make them look great is,” says CITC company director Dianna Carke-Bates.
“People like my mother, Vaine Clarke, who live and breathe culture through the magic of their hands.
They are the unsung heroes who need to be acknowledged and thanked for their love of our culture and for keeping it alive.”
Tomorrow night the audience at the Edgewater Resort will see, for the first time, spectacular costumes. The categories include a ‘natural’ section for male and female dance costumes as well as an open section for the best male or female costume creation.
The cash prizes provided by CITC will see the winners of the natural section in both the men’s and women’s division take home $5000 each, with second place receiving $3000 and third place $1000.
In the open section – the winner (male or female) will take home $4000, with second place winning $2000 and third place $1000. The dance costumes will be judged with emphasis on visual impact, creativity, quality of construction and the costumes’ cultural representation.
The event, to be held at the Edgewater Resort, will see all dance costumes on parade with the winners announced the same evening.
Rakei Manava is about encouraging originality, creativity and artistic quality.
Contact Edgewater Resort to book Island Night on Wednesday and phone 25435 for the Rakei Manava Event.