Cook Islands shine at Military Tattoo

Monday October 21, 2019 Written by Published in Culture
The Cook Islands National Arts Theatre team performing at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney, Australia. 19102034 The Cook Islands National Arts Theatre team performing at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney, Australia. 19102034

The Cook Islands team were a stand out at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney, Australia.

The country with a team of 25 dancers and drummers, was one of the Pacific nations involved in the Tattoo held last week. The others were Papua New Guinea (85 performers), Fiji (50), Samoa (26), the Solomon Islands (21), Tonga (50) and Vanuatu (26).

The Cook Islands National Arts Theatre team featured the art forms of their ancestors – dance, drumming, storytelling, costumes, arts and crafts.

Tour manager Glenda Tuaine said they worked hard with all the Pacific brothers and sisters to let the region shine in the prestigious event.

“The producers knew we were well prepared and a team that brought skill in production knowledge, choreography and musical composition,” Tuaine said.

She said the Cook Islands made a significant impact with the Tattoo chief executive officer Brigadier David Allfrey pursuing options for regular attendance.

“The reality is this is a huge production requiring a level of skill and competence in the performing arts and creative producing. The South Pacific section was the first of its kind in this Tattoo programme and the Cook Islands was a leading force in bringing it to life.”

Set against an amazing backdrop of a full-size replica of Edinburgh Castle, the Australian show brought together more than 1500 military musicians and cultural groups in a thrilling mix of traditional Scottish music – including pipers, fiddlers and highland dancers – while also focusing on the Pacific nations and Australia.

The live audience was estimated to be 180,000 (over four shows). The worldwide television audience is estimated to be 100 million

ABC Australia will broadcast the Tattoo in the Cook Islands in early December.

3 comments

  • Comment Link Arapati n napua Monday, 21 October 2019 12:24 posted by Arapati n napua

    Well done CINAT representing the 12 inhabited islands of the cooks rekareka kotou katoatoa manea manea ei e koko

  • Comment Link Christopher R. Hall Monday, 21 October 2019 12:07 posted by Christopher R. Hall

    A very special feature of the Cook Islands is the local people are as beautiful as the paradise they live in!

  • Comment Link Penny Mcneven Monday, 21 October 2019 10:36 posted by Penny Mcneven

    Well done our Cook Island up there with the rest of the world .

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