Pasifika Festival is a platform to taste delicious food, see powerful music and dance performances, browse the markets for arts and crafts, and get an insight into traditional practices across diverse Pacific cultures.
Over the years, Pasifika has featured fashion shows, theatre performances, a pop opera and sports competitions, with input from numerous Pacific Island leaders, performers and community groups. Its duration has varied between one and two days, sometimes with ancillary events on preceding evenings.
In 1998, the village concept was introduced to show the diversity within the Pacific and ensure the cultural integrity and community connections of the festival, reflecting the islands’ diversity in terms of food, culture and lifestyle.
Pasifika now hosts 11 distinctly different villages, each with a performance stage and market, to show the diversity of the Pacific cultures represented. The villages represent the Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Aotearoa, Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, Tuvalu, Tonga, Tokelau and Solomon Islands.
Each village has their own performance stage featuring traditional and contemporary performances and market stalls selling signature dishes and crafts unique to their culture.
The annual festival now attracts around 60,000 visitors over the two days (depending on weather); features about 220 local and international performance groups; and more than 200 food and craft stalls, including artisans who travel from the islands to take part.