Kia Mau Festival 2018

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Fri 01 Jun 2018, 05:00 pm


45 hours ago, Sun 17 Jun 2018, 05:00 pm


Various venues


Festivals, Dance, Cultural Ethnic, Performing Arts



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Kia ora koutou katoa!  Ka mihi ki ngā uri o te rohe nei, ratou e noho ana ki runga i te whenua o te upoko o te ika. E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangarangatanga maha, tēnā koutou katoa.

Kia Mau Festival stands upon whenua (land) known as Te Upoko o te ika a Maui – the head of the fish of Maui. The city of Wellington is the home of Kia Mau Festival.  From 01-16 June 2018, theatre + dance will be performed by Māori, Pasifika + Indigenous artists and their companies from across Te Moana-nui-a-kiwa and around the globe.

Artists, whānau, friends, communities + audiences are invited to join us in sharing contemporary performance + knowledge from an Indigenous worldview.  In 2018, we mark the fourth year of Kia Mau Festival.

‘…vital and exciting… the country’s best annual celebration of theatre.’  PANTOGRAPH PUNCH


Waiora: Te-ū-kai-po (The Homeland) / 1-9 June 
Hannah Playhouse
Sometimes a theatre production pops up out of nowhere and becomes a phenomenon. The Wāhine Works production of Waiora: Te-ū-kai-po (The Homeland) began as a class assessment for students at Whāngarei Girls’ High School and grew into a three season smash hit in Whāngarei and, when Don Brash came, a national news story. Now Wāhine Works, in association with Whāngarei Girls’ High School, is excited and honoured to bring to Wellington Hone Kouka’s vivid depiction of the urban migration of Māori.

Whare / 6-9 June
BATS Theatre

A choreographic exploration of contemporary Pasifika and self, Mapihi Kelland (Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu) joins with dancers Te Hau Winitana (Ngāti Raupani, Atiawa, Tuhoe, Cook Islands),Sharn Te Pou (Tūhoe) and Paris Evans (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Maniapoto, Raukawa, Samoa) on their very personal artistic journey in the search for what lies between.

Mamai’ata / 9-10 June + 16-17 June
Pataka Art + Musuem & The Dowse

Choreographed by Te Hau Winitana, Mamai’ata sheds new light upon the overwhelming Western portrayals of Polynesian women who ura, siva and haka. Shown through a diverse aesthetic of cross-cultural dance, modern movement, sound, image and film.

Beneath Skin and Bone / 12-16 June
BATS Theatre

Despite her best efforts, the memories Poto tried to leave behind cloud her mind until she is drawn home. The essence of mana and magic slowly reveal the truth behind the dark past of her whānau.Through storytelling, waiata and movement, Te Wiki sisters, Trae (25) and Tial (11) weave together stories of whānau, loss and whakapapa.

You can view the full programme on the Kia Mau website



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