Cook Islands culture on show at festival

Thursday February 25, 2016 Written by Published in Culture
One of the first dance teams to travel overseas to represent the Cook Islands at the Festival of Arts in the 1970s, the legendary Cook Islands National Arts Theatre Dance team was led by cultural icon the late Ota Joseph. 16022408 One of the first dance teams to travel overseas to represent the Cook Islands at the Festival of Arts in the 1970s, the legendary Cook Islands National Arts Theatre Dance team was led by cultural icon the late Ota Joseph. 16022408

The Cook Islands will be represented at the 12th Pacific Arts Festival to be held in Guam from May 22 to June 4.

 

Despite the country’s non-attendance to the last Pacific Arts Festival in the Solomon Islands in 2012, the Cook Islands Government and UNESCO supports sending a delegation to the prestigious festival this year.

The team will be accompanied by deputy prime minister/Minister of Culture Development Teariki Heather and Secretary of Cultural Development Anthony Turua. The two will attend the Regional Cultural Ministers meeting and the Pacific Arts Festival Council meeting.

An arts festival committee has been selected by the Ministry of Culture, spearheaded by Papatua Papatua and assisted by Vaitoti Tupa. They will select a small but strong team of 25 to represent the Cook Islands in the performing arts, visual art, traditional art and cultural workshop / forum.

This year the theme is “What we have, What we own, What we share, United voice of the Pacific.”

A Ministry of Cultural Development press release said it was a fitting theme to take stock of what we have in the way of cultural resources and to preserve what we have while also maintaining its sustainability.

With time limited, the committee will identify key professional cultural members from the community who are passionate about Cook Islands culture. It is looking for people skilled in all aspect of culture. Potentially, members will be asked to participate in the performing arts and areas such as carving, tattoo, design, film making and oratory.

 If you think you’re the right person for the job, contact Papatua Papatua, Vaitoti Tupa, or Henry Taripo. Alternatively contact Terai Joseph at the Ministry of Cultural Development.

The ministry says that over the eight weeks there will be vigorous work to plan, prepare and practise.

It is anticipated that the team will conduct a final show presentation before departure which will be around the 15th May 2016.

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