WAPAFEST

For the first time ever Wapafest-Wananga for Artists and Performers Aotearoa Festival is being held in Auckland at the Nga Whare Waatea Marae in Mangere bringing 5 top-line professional artists and musicians together for a special day of seminars where they will share their skills and experiences with up and coming artists, passing on their skills to a new generation of artists. This free community event is open to all aspiring artists, musicians and performers looking for help to get that edge to be able to make it professionally.

A fantastic line-up of artists who will be giving presentations.  WapaFest in South Auckland is going to be exciting. 5 presenters want to pass on to a new generation of artists their knowledge and skills and we have had a huge amount of interest in this.

Saturday 7 December 2013
9.00am-5.00pm
Nga Whare Waatea Marae,
31 Calthorp Close
Mangere
South Auckland
CONTACT: Rei Rule on 0223 621 084 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0223 621 084 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email [email protected]

COST: Free admission, but you must register. Email [email protected] to register.

SONG-WRITING – BRINGING YOUR MESSAGE TO THE WORLD
Opetaia Foa’i, lead singer/songwriter Te Vaka

The inspiration for Opetaia’s music comes from his multi-cultural upbringing – half Tokelauan, half Tuvaluan, born in Samoa and bought up in a Tokelauan community in New Zealand. Opetaia’s musical background spans both the traditional and the diverse influences of contemporary metropolitan culture. He has been described as “one of New Zealand’s finest songwriters” and “a true son of the Pacific” and with his band Te Vaka has brought Contemporary Pacific music to an international market place.

With passion and commitment he overcame the many barriers and obstacles to his goal of taking Pacific music to the world, winning awards for his song writing in the USA, Australia and New Zealand and touring the world constantly for 17 years.

Te Vaka has performed in 40 countries and released seven internationally acclaimed albums and two DVDs to date. In 1997 the first album was released internationally through ARC music, a UK based record company and distributed to 80 countries. It gained immediate worldwide success and recognition for the group. Opetaia wrote, recorded and co-produced all seven Te Vaka albums and album number eight is set for release in 2014.
Opetaia will be conducting a song-writing workshop letting artists know his secrets of writing some of the most successful songs in the Pasifika region over the last two decades.
“Te Vaka will appeal to world music fanatics, new agers, smooth-jazz listeners and anyone else that appreciates gorgeous harmonies, infectious log-drum rhythms and joyous percussion…” L.A. Daily News

CARVING – HOW TO MAKE A LIVING AT YOUR ART
Kerry Strongman

Gain inspiration and understanding on how to become a professional, full-time artist from internationally renowned wood carver Kerry Strongman, who has created the largest collection of ancient Swamp Kauri sculptures in the world.
Kerry creates soul sanctuaries for mankind where one can be still for a moment in time.

PHOTOGRAPHY – WRITING WITH LIGHT
Dana Lee
Learn key fundmentals to creating a photography business from portraiture specialist and graduate of the New York Institute of Photography, Dana Lee from Auckland.

LEARN TO PLAY THE DIDGERIDOO AND DISCOVER ITS ANCIENT HERITAGE
Uncle Bill
Uncle Bill is an Aboriginal Elder from Bathurst, New South Wales and holder of much ancient knowledge. He has taught Didgeridoo for many years. Uncle Bill brings his refreshing down-to-Earth view of the need for culture in todays crazy world.

PAINTING
Brian Moore
Speaking of when he was 3 years old, “I can still recall drawing the outline of a steam engine with crayon in my left hand and, by the time I got to the cab, I took over with my right hand to complete the drawing down that end.” Recalls Fine Artist, Brian Moore. With first editions of his works presented to HRH Prince Philip, Sir Edmund Hilary and Sir Peter Blake, Brian will provide you with an insight into what it takes to become a professional painter.

RID YOURSELF OF STAGE FRIGHT – IN ALL ITS FORMS
Stage fright can be a major barrier for performing artists. Rid yourself of stage fright and gain a toolbox of simple, practical techniques to get stage fright under control. Find out how to feel comfortable on stage.

Free Entry. Aroha Pasifika perfoming through the day