Pasifika festival celebrates colourful culture
Pasifika by Nature competition is bringing the Pacific beat to the hips and lips of high school students across two regions.
The Hamilton competition is in its 19th year, has blossomed from its humble beginnings of three schools performing at a church in Hamilton to 14 schools and 600 performers across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty.
Pasifika by Nature trustee Rouruina Toa said the growth in the past two years has meant a change of venue from Founders Theatre to the Claudelands Arena to cater to the masses.
''This is the only regional Pacific festival in the Waikato for secondary school students,'' Toa said.
The event has two sections competitive and non-competitive.
Each group is required to showcase at least three different cultures from the Pacific within a 20 minute time frame.
This year's theme is ''taking it back to the old school'' which will see all groups perform historical items from their chosen cultures with a contemporary twist.
Toa said the competition was not aimed solely at students with pacific heritage.
''We're about sharing our culture and anyone that is interested should participate.''
The show will be held this Saturday at Claudelands Arena from 1pm to 7pm.
Tickets are available through Ticketek.