I recently heard about this wonderful exhibit on Pacific Islands’ dances mainly from the perspective of outside observers such as travellers, academics and tourists. It is currently running at the Turnbull Library in Wellington, New Zealand from March 18 to May 11, 2013.
As you know, we actively promote Pacific Islands festivals that are happening in the Pacific Islands and the United States on this blog, as well as on our Website. I agree wholeheartedly to the organizers of this exhibit when they state:
“For Pacific peoples themselves, traditional dance has always been at the heart of their culture.”
If you plan to travel to Wellington within the next couple of months, put this exhibit on the top of your list! If you can’t make it to Wellington, no worries. They have brought some of the exhibit to you online. Check it out.
Also, for those of you who are lucky enough to go to Wellington, here is the Schedule of Events.
A performance at last year’s Festival of Pacific Arts in Honiara, Solomon Islands (photo courtesy of Catherine Green)