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Mon 24 Sep 2012, 6:30pm–9:00pm
Tue 25 Sep 2012, 7:00pm–9:00pm
Wed 26 Sep 2012, 11:00am–9:00pm
Thu 27 Sep 2012, 11:00am–9:00pm
Fri 28 Sep 2012, 11:00am–9:00pm
Sat 29 Sep 2012, 10:00am–9:00pm

Where: Māngere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, Corner Orly Avenue & Bader Drive, Mangere, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages


Tongan Artist Collective presents Matala – a Celebration of Tongan Culture.

24th – 29nd September 2012

A week-long celebration of Tongan arts and culture will be launched on Monday 24th September at the Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku.

Matala, which features dance, theatre, dance, poetry, music with traditional and contemporary faikava. You will see Tongan artists and members of the Tongan community come together for the second year running, a celebration specifically for Tongan artists in New Zealand for the wider Tongan Community.

Matala means the blossoming of a flower, but in this sense it is but the blossoming of the mind, the arts and the talent within the Tongan community of Aotearoa and creating a platform in which to create, develop and produce new works to showcase within this week long festival.

The programme of events will feature:

- A major group exhibition of Tongan artists – “No’o Fakataha”
- Professional development evening
- The writer of “Kingdom of Lote” presents a new Tongan theatre play “A Heart’s Path”
- The first ever Tongan contemporary dance theatre show “Heliaki”
- A live poetry night
- A celebration of traditional & contemporary kava “Kava Day”
- Auckland’s 2nd showing of the film “Tongan Ark”
- and live artist demonstrations throughout the week by Visesio Siasau and Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi, Benjamin Work and tattoo artists

For booking enquiries/ prices and session times please contact:

A Heart’s Path


Tongan Ark
Phone: 09 262 5789

For festival media enquiries and all other enquiries and bookings contact or or 09 262 5789.

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