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Anuanua Week kicks off with art, pride, and powerful discussions

Thursday 11 April 2024 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Art, Entertainment, Features


Anuanua Week kicks off with art, pride, and powerful discussions
Poevai Garnier models Taunga Piho’s stunning wearable art piece at the pre-judging event of the Anuanua Wearable Arts Competition at the Bergman Gallery on Tuesday. MELINA ETCHES/24041018

Anuanua Week will officially open tomorrow evening with a brilliant display of Art Installations and Wearable Art Piece competitions, showcased by models on the catwalk and talented designers.

On Sunday, a special Cook Islands Pride Day Blessing and Service will be held at the Apostolic Church in Tupapa followed by a celebration luncheon at Club Raro Resort.

On Monday, April 15, the Kai Vananga – Hard Talks panel discussions will facilitate evocative dialogue and explore relevant themes through personal experiences, professional insights, and technical expertise.

“Drawing inspiration from the Cook Islands’ traditional methodology of Kai Vananga, which places significant emphasis on deep and meaningful, speaking, listening, and learning, we wish to create a safe space conducive to meaningful exchanges,” the organisers said.

This event will take place at the Muri Beach Club Resort from 4.30pm to 7.30pm and the discussions are structured around three key themes: Empowerment: Empowering A Generation (4:30pm – 5:30pm), Human Rights: Unlocking Our Potential (5:30pm – 6:30pm), and Health: Where to Next (6:30 pm – 7:30 pm).

On Tuesday, April 16, the Anuanua Film Day aims to further showcase a diverse range of stories and voices, providing a space for reflection, and celebration with the opportunity to engage with thought-provoking films, participate in discussions, and connect with fellow community members.

This free community event will feature a curated selection of compelling films, including the Primetime Emmy Award Nominated film Prayers for Bobby, starring Sigourney Weaver at TJ’s Studio, with screenings starting at noon.

Admission is free, and all members of the community are welcome to attend.

On Wednesday, April 17, starting at 7pm at the Empire Cinema, the Pane Provocations drama produced by award-winning Cook Islander Teherenui Koteka, will highlight the entangled relationships of six Cook Islands youths bringing about revelations surrounding sexuality, self-care, religion, and community.

Anuanua will also be celebrating IDAHOBIT (International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia) on Wednesday, April 17, with guest speaker Phylesha Brown-Acton. The event held at The Edgewater Resort and Spa Umu Hut will start at 6pm.