In a first for the Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture, FESTPAC 2020 in Hawai'i will include Ka Hao Te Rangatahi, a youth leadership ambassador programme from NZ. Six rangatahi will accompany the artists who have been named in the NZ delegation by Creative NZ.
Stevie Davis-Tana, 24, is one of the youth ambassadors selected from 43 applicants for the programme and is looking forward to attending what is considered the premier arts and culture event for the pacific region.
"I want to go to FESTPAC to meet, inter-relate and learn about the leaders and other youth within the Pacific," she says.
Davis-Tana is passionate about the creative arts, education, culture and young people. "I'm working for Action Education as a youth worker and spokesperson," she says from her weekend workshop with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa at Umupuia Marae in Maraetai.
In total, 27 projects representing 65 artists were selected and $125,241 awarded to support these initiatives.
Young weaver, Te Atiwei Ririnui who recently attended an arts residency in America is also excited to be attending.
"It's having the opportunity to showcase my mahi in the international stage. I'm still a rangatahi in 'te ao raranga', I mean I've been at it for over 25 years now. Just being given the opportunity is just a huge honour," he says.
Supporting the vision of Creative NZ's new Māori arts strategy, Te Hā o ngā Toi, customary Māori art forms will be complemented with contemporary art forms such as dance, theatre, moving image and visual arts.
Photographer Qiane Matata-Sipu is attending for the first time as an artist.
"Some people tell stories through whakairo, through raranga, through taonga puoro, through tā moko. I just happen to do it with modern equipment and do so through audio and visual", she says from a joint exhibition at the Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson.
The Waiōhua, Tainui artist says she is really looking forward to connecting with those traditional practices to see how they can inform the mahi that she does and also to share some of the modern practices with others.
The Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture takes place every four years, bringing together 3,000 delegates and other cultural practitioners from pacific nations. New Zealand has sent a delegation to every festival since 1972.
Matata-Sipu says, "I'm really excited about the theme because it aligns with a lot of the mahi I do which is changing the narratives, owning our own narratives, writing our narratives, taking hold of our own paddles, steering our waka and being who we are, not who we've been told to be."
The delegation also includes waka knowledge and navigation to coincide with the festival's theme, Take Hold of the Steering Paddle.
Representatives of Ngā Tūmanako will also be there, as winners of Te Matatini are invited to be a part of the Aotearoa delegation each festival.
Aotearoa delegation - Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture 2020
Urban Contemporary Street Art (visual arts)
Janine and (Bud) Charles Williams
Ngā Kaihunga Uku: Nga Ahi Ki Roto - The Fires Within (uku – clay artistry)
Iwikuamo‘o, The Backbone of the Night Sky from Hokupa'a to Māhutonga (visual arts)
Tā Moko ki Hawai’i (tā moko - Māori tattoo)
Tawata Productions - Fire In The Water, Fire In The Sky (theatre)
Te Hau Winitana
Celebrate Atamira (dance)
E Hinemoana, e Tangaroa | Facing the Rising Tide (literature)
Pūrākau (taonga pūoro - traditional Māori musical instruments, karetao Māori - Māori puppetry)
Toi Āmai: Papa (theatre)
Hina whakamau tai - Hina the tide controller (craft/object)
Te Rehia: SolOthello (theatre)
Toi Whakaata - Into the light (visual arts)
Sis/Tita ... Ngā Tuahine - working title (painting)
Ngā Puu Tapatoru (craft/object)
Matthew McIntyre Wilson
Haumi E (storytelling)
Te Kahureremoa Taumata
Horomona Horo (also part of the Pūrākau work)
Te Kahupakea Rolleston
Ipukarea| Ihumātao (photography)
Te Atiwei Ririnui
Ka Hao Te Rangatahi (Youth Leadership Ambassador) Programme
Contemporary Tatau Practice (visual arts)
Poetry readings from “The Goddess Muscle”
Fine Fatale: Geish/Tuiga Hawai'i (dance)
Peruvian Slave Trade (Black Birding) in Tokelau 1800s (sculpture)
Daughter of a Housegirl (music)
DA-KU SET: Nostalgia_Ultra (graphics)
E toa lou loto? Do you have the WARRIOR spirit? (poetry)
Podcasting with D.A.N.C.E. art club (storytelling)