The visitors will be working with the students to create music. On Thursday, however, it will be the visitors doing the learning during a cultural exchange programme organised by Motone Productions, showcasing Cook Islands song, dance and drum. Taking part will be local artists Henry Taripo, Samantha Puati- Ellison and Mark Short.
A similar workshop has already been held in Aitutaki for the first time under the Australian government’s New Colombo Plan. The plan aims to increase knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.
Motone directors Mo Newport and Glenda Tuaine who have organised the Cook Islands collaborative workshops for the last three years, say they are intended to be “transformational”, deepening Australia's relationships in the region, both at individual level and through expanding university, business and other stakeholder links.
In Aitutaki last week the visitors worked with 40 students at Araura College, helping them produce sound compositions.
The 15 University of Melbourne music students and five film and television students are accompanied by a film and TV teacher, as well as Associate Professor Mark Pollard and Moving Image Curator Siobhan Jackson.
“In 2015 and 2017 the project was only held in Rarotonga, but Mark wanted to extend the programme and we are always keen to get things to Aitutaki to make sure we are providing creative opportunities to others in our Pa Enua. We are thankful for the support we get from Air Rarotonga,” says Newport.
The students will present their work called, “Resonating Spaces Two Island project: An Audio Visual Remapping of Place and Story”, at the Punanga Nui market on Saturday at 9am. This will be followed by a sound and film installation at SALT Café next to the BCI Bank and police station.
Anyone is welcome to come along to watch the events, says Newport.