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PolyCultural Storm

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“With the growing threat of rising sea levels, it’s time to assess the influence our lives in Aotearoa are having on the Pacific homelands. A storm is brewing, a PolyCultural Storm.”

Te Oro hosts a free open day of arts, crafts and live performances, drawing attention to the importance of the natural world to Pacific cultures with a special focus on moving image, film and theatre works. PolyCultural Storm includes the New Zealand premiere of Holding On, a 2015 work made in Tuvalu by Samoan video performance artist Angela Tiatia. Like clouds building before a storm, Tiatia’s short film will feature as a projection in the evenings leading up to the event.

On the day there will be an outdoor eco-market with art, games, information, craft and food stalls, live music, and entertainment by local cultural groups.

Inside Te Oro, experience a selection of films and discussions with filmmakers including Nikki Si’ulepa, writer and co-director of Snow in Paradise. Don’t miss a special presentation by leading theatre director Nina Nawalowalo from Wellington-based Pacific theatre company The Conch. She will share recent works including The White Guitar, which explore the impact of modern life on the environment, traditions and people of the Pacific.

Spoken word poets will also draw attention to the effect of environmental degradation, led by Marina Alefosio.

Urbanesia expresses Auckland’s unique and diverse urban Pacific identity through a vibrant festival of contemporary Pacific arts across three weekends in November.

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