The sights, sounds, and flavours of the Pacific were enjoyed by thousands at the Wellington Pasifika Festival in February this year. This free whānau-friendly festival celebrates our unique Pacific communities. From art and language to performance and food – the Pasifika Festival is all about acknowledging the richness of our Pacific cultures.
In 2024 we introduced a theme ’Homeland’, the start of a three-year festival journey from our homes in the Pacific to our home here in New Zealand.
This year’s ‘Homeland’, and our subsequent 2025 ‘Journey’ and 2026 ‘Arrival’ themes will be represented with a newly commissioned Pasifika artwork, a stone sculpture, that will be transformed and developed across three festivals.
In 2024, the artwork was a blank canvas. Festival attendees could see the stone and meet artist Leo Semau. We are looking forward to what it will look like next year.
Visit us in January to find out about next year’s event, which will be held in February 2025.