A WEEK of Cook Islands cultural performances beginning our Te Maeva Nui Festival competition opened on Monday night at Are Karioi Nui, putting to the ultimate test weeks of exhausting rehearsals for all the participating teams.
THE NATIONAL Auditorium was a riot of colour and a testament to hard work and innovation on Saturday night for the second Rakei Manava, the opportunity for designers to showcase their ideas for dance costumes for men and women.
The COOK Islands National Arts Theatre (CINAT) team left Guam with heavy hearts, thanking their host for making their stay during the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts a memorable one.
The COOK Islands National Arts Theatre (CINAT) team is back in the capital of Guam for their performances this week in the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts.
It WAS a baptism of fire for young Tamaiva Mateariki at the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam on Thursday (CI time).
The top local dancer spoke on behalf of the Cook Islands at the inaugural Indigenous Language Conference Festpac 2016 at Guam University.
Mateariki did a presentation on the Cook Islands Maori language.
The Cook Island National Arts Theatre (CINAT) team spokesperson said the topic for the youth presentation was to explain what the theme of this year’s festival means to them.
The theme of this year’s festival is “What We Own, What We Have, What We Share, United Voices of the Pacific”.
The spokesperson said Mateariki did well at the presentation and spoke passionately about Cook Islands and it language.
Meanwhile some Cook Islands team members also took time out of their busy schedule for sightseeing in Guam.
The Festival of Pacific Arts which is held every four years has this year attracted 27 Pacific countries and territories and over 2000 performers participating.
The two-week festival, which ends on June 4, is the largest gathering to showcase the unique cultures of the region.
The resort has been fantastic and the staff members are fabulous.”
There is good news for cultural groups who perform at the Punanga Nui market as the Ministry of Cultural Development looks to expand its performance stage on the foreshore area.