The second Pacific Arts Summit kicks off today in South Auckland with Pecha Kucha Night at Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku.
From grassroots music concerts to Pacific visual arts exhibitions, talks and discussion, heritage arts, theater, language and literature, this year’s Summit weaves together local, national and international talent converging here, to celebrate and showcase Pacific creativity. ~ Ema Tavola, Pacific Arts Co-ordinator, Arts and Culture South, Auckland Council.
- Three excellent solo exhibitions by international artists: Ani O’Neill (Cook Islands) and Gary Lee (Australia) and Wellington-based Sheyne Tuffery
- Heritage Arts workshops and discussions about heritage arts in Museums – Mamas and Museums: Pacific Women’s Fine Arts and Museums Forum and Workshop looks to create mutual understanding and foster better communication between the museums sector and Pacific women fine artists
- A special NZ Music Month concert series on the Otara Town Centre Stage
- Book launch of Poems and Songs from the Underwater World by Daren Kamali
- The second Curating Pacific Art Forum with international keynote speaker, Dionne Fonoti
- The Auckland premiere of “Kingdom of Lote” written by Suli Moa and produced by Kila Kokonut Krew
- Pacific Sisters SOUTHSIDE: EyeKonik – a reunion event with Rosanna Raymond (UK), Suzanne Tamaki (Wellington), Ani O’Neill (Cook Islands), Niwhai Tupaea (Sydney) and Feeonaa Wall (Auckland)
The Pacific Arts Summit takes place from 4 May – 4 June 2011 in South Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand.
The Pacific Arts Summit blog is packed with information and is a visual feast for those of us who sadly can’t make it to South Auckland. For more information visit the Pacific Arts Summit blog here and the Auckland Council website here.
Wishing Ema Tavola, Nicole Lim and team all the best. Can’t wait for the daily updates!
Check out more images from the 2010 Pacific Arts Summit here.
Source and images: 2011 Pacific Arts Summit blog