TORBA Music and Arts Festival | 30 September to 2 October 2019

It is not to late to make plans to participate in the forthcoming TORBA festival!

Through music and the arts, TORBA Music and Arts Festival – Dung Verei (Sound of the Island) will bring together stories and cultural values of the Banks and Torres Islands, to reflect on the changing climate and its implications for the people of TORBA.

 

The festival aims to celebrate culture, music, dance and other forms of creativity “to share stories and values of environmental sustainability in our cultural practices through the sounds and beats of our traditional instruments and songs, displays of house making, food preparation, outrigger canoes and traditional weaving. Come join us for an amazing 3 days.”

Check out the Facebook event page.

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The Silence: Puanga | The story of Puanga

The Silence: Puanga is a collaboration between Parihaka Kuia Maata Wharehoka and Tracey Benson. For three weeks they worked and lived together, creating an installation for the Puanga Rau Kai festival at Parihaka in June 2019

Tracey M Benson || Bytetime

After an incredible time working together at Parihaka, Maata and I are now in Wellington to present a workshop and lecture at the School of Design at Victoria University. I have a few blogs to catch up on to fill in some of the details of how our project evolved – these will come in the next few days.

Last weekend at the Puanga Kai Rau Festival we celebrated the Māori New Year with about 250 visitors and whanau at Parihaka.

Maata did an incredible job organising the event with the support of many people to bring the weekend together. There were talks, workshops and some fantastic live music throughout the weekend. As always, we were led by ceremonial process with karanga, powhiri, karakia, korero and waiata marking each stage of the festival. Highlights included the lighting of the ceremonial fire, walking to the top of the hill at dawn…

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Torba Music and Arts Festival 2019, Vanuatu

The Torba Music and Arts Festival, Dung Verei: Sound of the Islands will bring together people from the Torres and Banks Islands to share stories, art and culture, as well as to focus on the challenges of climate change and sustainability for island communities.

Torba Music and Arts Festival
Torba Music and Arts Festival poster

Torba Day (2 October) is a public holiday in the Torba province, to celebrate cultural values and stories. Torba province is the most northern province of Vanuatu which includes the Banks and Torres Islands.

When: 30 September to 2 October 2019
Where: Motalava, Vanuatu
Contact: Sandy Sur, sandylsur at gmail dot com.