Exhibition drummed out on high note

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 05:00 31/03/2014

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Dancing and drumming made for a lively farewell to a special exhibition at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery.

Dozens of people turned out to celebrate the closing of the Kermadec: Lines in the Ocean exhibition yesterday, with a craft market, artistic demonstrations and cultural performances.

Southland Museum and Art Gallery operations co-ordinator Tracey Wedge said the exhibition had been well received, and was a way for the region to recognise the connection between New Zealand and the Pacific.

"Since the 1960s, we've had Pacific people here in Southland, so it's really important to embrace all our diversity."

Artist Dame Robyn White, whose work was included in the exhibition, travelled to Invercargill for the closing, where she demonstrated her tapa cloth and kupesi, or stencilling, work.

The Southland Boys' High School Tau Moana Pacific Island Performance Group took to the stage during the festivities and, as a surprise for White, who had lived in Kiribati, a Kiribati cultural group also performed, Wedge said.

Pacific crafts, such as beaded leis, were also available for sale during the event.

The Kermadec: Lines in the Ocean exhibition had been on display in Invercargill since January.

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