Thank you to all of the performers, volunteers, contributors, NGOs and vendors who helped to make our 9th annual One Wave Festival a great success! And a special thanks to all of the people in our Pacific community – locally and internationally – who came to celebrate with us or tuned in from afar.
On September 10, our Pacific arts and culture festival in Centennial Square brought diverse members of our community to Centennial Square for music, dancing and sharing of diverse cultures. The event showcased the incredible talents of local and Indigenous artists from our region as well as music and dance from the South Pacific. Performers included Red Buff Singers & Dancers, Lekwungen Dancers, Masala, Deep Sea Gypsies, Lilia’s Polynesian Dancers, Animal Kingdom, and Pearls of the South Pacific.
On September 11, we did something we’ve never done before: a dialogue exchange across the Pacific, broadcast live to the web! Pacific Voices X-Change 2.0 was an incredibly inspiring evening with Indigenous environmental leaders and artists in the South Pacific and Canada. The event fostered North-South connection and dialogue on Pacific issues like climate change and cultural revitalization.
Contributors included Elder Joan Morris (Songhees Nation), Ora Barlow-Tukaki (Toitoi Manawa Trust, Aotearoa), Jess Housty (Qqs Projects Society, Heiltsuk Nation), Faustine Lefranc & Sylvain Derne (FrancOcéan Pacifique/Rivages Pacifiques, New Caledonia), Helen Lansdowne (Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives, Victoria), Peni Tavutonivalu (Fiji). Drum songs were offered by James Taylor, Nicole Mandryk and Margaret Briere. Live music of the South Pacific was provided by Tradewinds.
We are grateful for a special video greeting contributed to the exchange by the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Stéphane Dion, who was attending the Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ meeting in Micronesia.
In the coming weeks, we will be releasing footage from the event on our YouTube page. For now, you can view the footage on our Facebook page.
THANKS TO OUR 2016 SPONSORS!