Pacific Island cultures will come to life at Auckland Libraries with a celebration of Pacific poetry, writing, free music, performances and island-inspired activities to celebrate Pasifika 2-16 March, 2013.
Libraries and information manager Allison Dobbie says there are more than 100 events planned at libraries across the city to celebrate Pacific Island cultures.
“Pasifika is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Pacific stories and legends, books, CDs, DVDs, language learning tools and travel guides within our library collections.
“Auckland Libraries has a trove of Pacific taonga and materials for all Aucklanders. Celebrating Pasifika allows us to connect with our communities and highlight Pacific family history; host and facilitate debates and offer presentations relating to Pacific arts and writing.
“Auckland has the biggest Pacific population in New Zealand, and Pacific communities are part of what makes Auckland such a vibrant city to live, work and play in,” she says.
Highlights of Auckland Libraries Pasifika celebrations include:
- Celebration of Pasifika music and dance, Birkenhead Library, Wednesday 6 March
- Tongan artist Tomnui Kaloni talks about Order and Hierarchy in Oceanic Arts, Birkenhead Library, Wednesday 6 March, 6pm.
- Author Courtney Meredith will talk about her book, Brown girls and bright red lipstick at Te Matariki Clendon Library, on Friday 8 March
- Leota Alice Meredith from Auckland War Memorial Museum will give a series of talks at Manukau, Manurewa and Te Matariki Clendon libraries
- Mbrace Pacific Dance Company performance, Te Matariki Clendon Library, Thursday 14 March, 3.30pm
- St Joseph’s School Ukulele Group, Grey Lynn Library, Friday 15 March, 12.30pm
For more information go to www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz or visit your local library.
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