The Kīnura Tapunui Music Festival which will be held tomorrow night is a non-denominational Christian event, alcohol and smoke free, with food vendors. Entry is free. SUPPLIED/22121603
Young Cook Islands performers will showcase their talent in the annual Kīnura Tapunui Music Festival tomorrow at the National Auditorium.
The youth event, hosted by non-government
organisation, Kōrero o te ‘Ōrau, will start at 6pm.
Since its inception in 2018, it has provided
a platform for young up-and-coming performers to showcase their talent through
song and dance.
Kīnura is the name for
harp in the Cook Islands Māori Bible, and Tapunui refers to a state of being holy or sacred.
A non-denominational Christian event, the
festival is alcohol and smoke-free, and includes food vendors, the organisers
said. Entry is free – though gold coin donations are appreciated to help the
NGO fundraise. Doors open at 6pm.
Acts will include ‘Ātui’anga ki te Tango
students, New Life Church, CICC Nikao, Tuaine Papatua, Manava Ura, Talitha
Horn, O-Hiva Williams, Filipino Community, Rongo sisters, and Reeana Aviu.
Papatua says a number of talented young
performers have recently returned from New Zealand.
“They are very talented and are known in
New Zealand. This is a platform for young performers like them to showcase
their talent. It is also an opportunity to celebrate our young talent and
praise God,” he said.
“Basically this musical festival is a
follow up from (Rotaract) Christmas in the Park. We are taking it to another
Jackie Rongo of Kōrero o te ‘Ōrau said the
performances would go for three hours.
“We know there is a petrol shortage
problem on the island and people will be mindful of their transport use, but we
ask them to bring their families along and enjoy this festival.
“Come down with your families for a night
of entertainment and support our talented youth. Get your happy feet ready to
jive on the dance floor!”
Event supporting partners include Papatua
Productions, Bank of the Cook Islands, Rongohiva, Tropical Christmas in Raro,
“They have come together this year to help
celebrate the reason for the season – Jesus Christ who is our gateway to
salvation – through joyous expression,” said Rongo.