Murihiku Māori & Pasifika Cultural Trust 2017 Polyfest
21 – 25 August 2017
ILT Stadium Southland
Polyfest Cultural Festival is an annual event which invites groups to perform kapa haka, pasifika and any cultural dance that reflects who they are. The festival caters for years 0 – 13 and is non competitive to encourage participation and the fostering of performing arts.
Each year the Polyfest continues to grow with Murihiku Polyfest 2017 looking to attract over seven thousand performers and thirty thousand spectators. Almost every school and early childhood centre in the city attends and many groups from outside the region such as Central Otago, South Otago and Stewart Island travel to be involved.
The Murihiku Māori and Pasifika Cultural Trust formed in 2010. They are passionate about contributing to a richer community by celebrating Māori and Pasifika cultures in Murihiku-Southland and surrounding areas.
The Trust has a commitment:
• to uplift and celebrate Māori and Pasifika cultures
• to make Māori and Pasifika cultures accessible to all people
• to provide excellent opportunities for rangatahi and their whānau
They meet these goals through the delivery of the annual highly successful Polyfest Cultural Festival, Polyfest Art Exhibition and Community Projects and a range of workshops that bring leading Māori and Pacific artists, dancers, writers, sculptors and more to our region to work alongside our young people. They facilitate a range of high quality events that immerse people of all cultures in Maori and Pasifika culture and arts. These events are designed to foster participation, build connections and embrace diversity between different communities. The Trust is proud that the events support a range of cultures to be visible, affirmed and part of everyday life in the community.< BACK TO LISTINGS