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Celebrating the reason for the season

Saturday 17 December 2022 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Local, National

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Celebrating the reason for the season
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 level.”

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, and Vodafone.

“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.