2020 Artist in Residence Closing Event with Molia Alama Tulafono
Saturday 3rd October 2020
The closing event and showing of our 2020 Artist in Residence Program was an evening of joyful celebration also marking an end to the 2020 Tuvalu Language Week. In attendance was the Hon. Minister Aupito William Sio, Minister of Pacific Peoples with distinguished guests representing the Auckland Tuvalu community.
A wonderful evening filled with singing, dancing, storytelling and of course the food. The audience were treated to individual boxes of treats and raspberry jam and chocolate “funafuna” a Tuvaluan treat!
The night was live-streamed on the Pacific Dance NZ Facebook page specifically for those back in Tuvalu and her diaspora.
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The theme for the 2020 artist in residence was fully explored, developed and culminated in the delivery of workshops across the Moana. The year has been a testing time for our artists and our own Artist in Residence program was no exception. We were able to deliver the entire 6-week residency digitally across social platforms as well as in-person workshops in primary and secondary schools across Auckland.
Highlights for the residency:
- Lotteries NZ campaign featuring our artist Molia Alama Tulafono and Maneanea Dance. During Tuvalu Language Week our artist featured on the LIVE Lotto draws and will also grace the cover of their Annual Report.
- Delivering a 2-hour action-filled workshop to dance students at the prestigious New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington
- Performance at the NZ Pacific Music Awards
The residency reached over 40,000 people across New Zealand the Pacific and the Americas and set a precedent and new path for engagement of audiences for future residencies.
The annual artist in residence program is made possible with funding from Creative New Zealand, Lotteries NZ, Foundation North, Auckland Council and the Henderson-Massey Local Board.