|26 April 2000|
Pacific Islands Showcase Festival
Canterburys Pacific Island community will hold its first one-day festival of culture, arts and crafts and food on April 29.
One of the organisers, Christina Tuapola, says the festival arose from a joint proposal by a member of the Pacific Island executive council, the Rev Lapana Faletolu, and Christchurchs Mayor, Garry Moore.
"Well have arts and crafts, social services displays, music and dance, and plenty of Pacific-style food," she says.
It will be held at the St Pauls Pacific Islands Community Hall at the corner of Cashel and Madras Streets from 10am to 4pm on April 29.
Christchurchs Mayor, Garry Moore, who has thrown his support behind the festival and will open it, says it will be a wonderful occasion with different peoples coming together.
Ms Tuapola says the festival will include Cook Island quilts, carving, jewellery, cultural songs and dances from local Pacific Island groups, and food.
She says early films of the Pacific will also be shown.
"We feel this festival would be a focal point for promoting Pacific Island social service groups," she says.
"The purpose is to provide the wider community with an opportunity to share the harvests of the Pacific Island community within Canterbury," she said.
Further information: Christina Tuapola: 025 228 9917.