Immerse yourself in a celebration of island culture and explore the wonders of the Pacific Rim as Brisbane Powerhouse presents Pasifika Festival. Back by popular demand the festival of music, theatre, visual arts, markets, workshops and discussion will take over Brisbane Powerhouse from 27 – 31 August.
Pasifika Festival draws together international, national and local artists and performers to showcase the living cultures of a range of Island nations including Polynesia, Micronesia, New Zealand and Australia.
More than just a festival to highlight their tradition and history, Pasifika Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the Pacific Island community’s contribution to Australian society, focusing on the work of contemporary artists and how it reflects on the current societies they engage with, as much as honoring the traditional elements that are the backbone of their cultures.
Following a huge response to the Afrika Pasifika event in 2006, where approximately 6,000 people attended the program of free and ticketed events, Brisbane Powerhouse will extend on the success of the previous event with a variety of events packed into the program, including two main stage shows.
Brisbane Powerhouse aims to create a high profile event with a strong emphasis on community participation, exchanging skills and experiences and celebrating the diversity of the many cultures we share in Brisbane.
Coming to Australia for the first time is Wild Dogs Under My Skirt, a riveting theatre masterpiece that has wowed audiences from Honolulu to Germany. Created by Tusiata Avia, a New Zealand Samoan writer, performer and poet, Wild Dogs Under My Skirt explores the search for identity and unearthing the past.
Direct from New Zealand comes Vula (Fijian for ‘moon’). Combining magic and illusion with traditional song and dance, Vula is a vibrant work that unfolds on a stage flooded with water and explores the relationship between Pacific women and the sea.
The Pasifika Cabaret will present a mix and match of the contemporary Pacific arts world sampling music, dance, fashion/costume design, circus and theatre being cultivated in Australia and New Zealand. See Brisbane’s favourite dance trio Polytoxic in this fun night of cabaret with a coconut twist alongside the fabulous First Fa’Fafine of Soul, Linda Lepou.
Visitors are also invited to experience Maketi (markets), a main feature on the Saturday and Sunday, along with the community stage, free films, a visual art exhibition by local primary school students and a Pasifika Festival inspired Live Spark Sunday afternoon free music program.
Dates: Wed 27 – Sun 31 August
More Information: 07 3358 8600 or brisbanepowerhouse.org