Niue plans fourth arts fest in 2015

23/06/2014

Niue Tourism is calling for volunteers to assist the Niue Arts Festival organising committee, overseas Niuean performers and artists to help make a big success of the Fourth Arts &amp; Culture Festival in April 2015. <!--more-->

Organiser Niue Tourism, which also ran the event in 2013, has put up a Facebook survey to poll Niueans on what they want for the 2015 show.

Director of Tourism Vanessa Marsh says, “The festival has helped reconnect the various Niuean communities in a showcase of Niuean art and culture and through the sharing of various skills, talent and experience.

“It has also given people a reason to travel back to Niue during that particular time of the year which does help boost the community and the economy of Niue.”

Well known Niue artists and performers like internationally recognised visual artist John Pule, playwright Diana Fuemana and singer/songwriters Che Fu and his father Tigilau Ness have shown support for the festival.

The inaugural Niue Arts &amp; Culture Festival began back in 2009 spurred by a New Zealand based group of volunteers called Niue Fakalataha Ki Mua, who aimed to support the small Niue economy by hosting a Niue festival run in Niue by Niuean people in celebration of all things Niue.

Dr Colin Tukuitoga, local Niue artists, the Niue Tourism office and Taoga Niue were all part of the historic inaugural event.  Dr Tukuitoga, one of Niue’s favourite sons, is currently the head of the South Pacific Centre in New Caledonia.

The Niue Tourism Office continues to work closely with Taoga Niue and collectively with an organising committee we pull together the event says Miss Marsh. Interested participants should contact the Niue Tourism office via facebook.