Aucklanders can get ready to island hop ‘til they drop on 8 and March as Western Springs Park is transformed into 11 Pacific Island villages for Pasifika Festival 2014. The event is the biggest celebration of Pacific Island culture and heritage in the world, giving people the chance to experience the sights, sounds, tastes and colours of the Pacific – without even leaving Auckland.
“With 1000 performers on 11 stages, 200 food and craft stalls cooking up over 150 different food dishes for two days in one place, Pasifika is set to be a fantastic event.”
Saturday 8 March will be a day of high energy and bustling markets. As well as main stage performances and incredible island flavours, demonstrations, such as traditional tattooing,workshops to learn authentic island crafts and customs,garland making and drumming. Workshops will take place in each village at their uniquely decorated fale – the traditional meeting place in any Pacific Island community.
Sunday 9 March will start with an interdenominational church service and have a more laid back programme of entertainment including church choral groups – reflecting the values of faith and family that are celebrated throughout Pacific Island communities.
ATEED acknowledge the support of sponsors AUT, 2degrees, Tip Top, Pepsi (Frucor), Pacific Media Network, Mai FM and Fairfax Media and supporters GLO-BUG
and Mercury Energy, Hawaii Tourism Oceania, US Embassy and More FM.
More information about the festival can be found at aucklandnz.com/pasifika.
8th – 9th March 2014
Saturday 8 March 2014
10.00am to 5.00pm (all villages open)
Sunday 9 March 2014
10.00am to 4.00pm (interdenominational church service from 8.45am – 9.50am)
For further information and images please
contact: Melissa Irace,Marketing & Communications Executive
Ph 09 354 7025
021 681 302