Samoa’s annual Teuila festival showcasing the country’s culture, traditions and music will be a digital event this year due to Covid-19, and the government’s State of Emergency regulations. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the festival will highlight iconic performances and celebrations.
Teuila is the national flower of Samoa and can be seen around the island in all its bright red glory. The vibrant beauty of the plant inspired the festival name as it represents the same qualities as the event: the true heart of the region’s culture.
The event, one of the largest annual festivals in the South Pacific, normally sees thousands of visitors and performers flood into the country to take part. Typically, guests join locals in traditional Samoan dances, arts and local fare and elevated gastronomy. Expect traditional tattooing, or tatau, as this tradition is deeply rooted in Polynesian culture.
This year’s Teuila Festival online will also be the first time there will not be a Miss Samoa Pageant.The reigning Miss Samoa, who also holds the title of Miss Samoa NZ and Miss Pacific Islands, Fonoifafo Mcfarland Seumanu, will continue her reign for another year.
Members of the Tourism Industry will also be hosting events throughout the week in commemoration of the Festival. There are a variety of activities and events ensuring there is something for everyone.
To celebrate the special anniversary of this renowned event, festival organisers are streaming live event coverage and highlighting iconic performances from the past 30 years on the Samoa Tourism Facebook and Instagram pages until 5 September.
Events include traditional Siva dancing, fire knife dancing, tattooing and carving demonstrations, Umu demonstrations (underground Samoan oven cooking), the annual Flower Float Parade, the popular Fautasi race (iconic Samoan boat race), and the crowning of Miss Samoa.