Matala,Tongan Festival

Six Tongan artists will visit this month as part of a cultural exchange between Tonga and New Zealand. visiting artists represent the three genres of Tongan arts: tufunga (material), faiva (performance) and nimamea’a (fine) arts. Marking the beginning of a week long programme throughout New Zealand, they will participate in a free public programme of workshops, demonstrations and talks at the Mangere Arts Centre, all are welcome!

Highlights include an artist who specialises in the material art of tufunga lalava (kafa sennit-lashing), and an established punake – a master artist who specialises in all three performance arts of faiva ta’anga (poetry), faiva hiva (music) and faiva haka (dance).

The group will be led by Lady Tunakaimanu Fielakepa, who is an expert on Tongan cultural protocols relating to women’s fine arts of material wealth. She will act as spokesperson for the group of artists.

The artists will be one day with us on the start of their NZ tour.  The week-long programme begins on Saturday 19 October at Mangere Arts Centre with a ‘Tongan heritage arts and community day’, celebrating with local community groups and artists

The visit is funded through Creative New Zealand’s Pacific cultural exchange programme.
Creative New Zealand would also like to acknowledge Tonga’s Handicrafts and Cultural Tourism Support Programme, which has been instrumental in making this exchange happen.

Date: 19th October 2013
9:30am – 3pm
Mangere Arts Centre
Corner of Bader Drive & Orly Avenue
(09) 262 5789