Come Along at the Pacifica Gods Festival at Casula Powerhouse

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Ken Rai, Tereo Mackay, Kallie Manukau, Mirika Williams, Georgia Paul, Janice Manukau and Moroni Rai make up the Maori Kapa Haka. Image source: Liverpool Leader

Ken Rai, Tereo Mackay, Kallie Manukau, Mirika Williams, Georgia Paul, Janice Manukau and Moroni Rai make up the Maori Kapa Haka.
Image source: Liverpool Leader

IMMERSE yourself in the cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Pacifica Gods Festival.

Liverpool Leader reported that the free festival will have a collection of cultural performances, a display of artefacts and a huge feast cooked in authentic ­Pacific barbecue ovens.

Festival creative producer Leo Tanoi says the festival should appeal to everyone.

“It’s a chance for the community to come and do what they do — eat food, celebrate, enjoy the traditional performances, but surrounded by all the artists and heritage objects in the galleries,” Mr Tanoi said.

Pacifica Gods will showcase performances by the Maori Kapa Haka as well as indigenous, Melanesian and Fijian groups.

Traditional dancing was also a highlight at last year’s Navigation Pacifica festival. Image source: Liverpool Leader

Traditional dancing was also a highlight at last year’s Navigation Pacifica festival.
Image source: Liverpool Leader

For the barbecue, meat will be roasted over a Samoan umu outdoor hot rock oven while the Pacifica Gods and Easter Island exhibitions will display 100 historical and contemporary artefacts, “from masks to stick figures,” Mr Tanoi said.

“We provide a platform for the (Pacific) community to celebrate their traditional and contemporary culture,” he said.

Another highlight will be the ­Casula Voices performance at 11.30am, starring Opera Australia’s community choirs.

Mr Tanoi said what makes this festival different is its focus on the arts.

The Maori Kapa Haka will provide some exciting entertainment at the festival. Image source: Liverpool Leader

The Maori Kapa Haka will provide some exciting entertainment at the festival.
Image source: Liverpool Leader

“We’re a Pacific festival that is arts centre-run. The key difference is we’ve got an exhibition of contemporary and traditional art and we’ve also got a lot of events workshops,” he said.

The Pacifica Gods Festival 2014 showcases the relationship between the people of the Pacific and the notion of God. The festival will be held at Casula Powerhouse this Saturday, 25th of October and features Pacific BBQs like the Tongan PuakaVili (Pig Spit), the Maori Hangi, the Fijian Lovo and the Samoan Umu as well as sweet treats, arts & crafts, produce stalls & market stalls.

Interview with Casula Powerhouse’s creative producer Leo Tanoi: