Re­vive i-Taukei cul­ture: Dance group leader

To be passed down to the younger gen­er­a­tion in its pure form

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Re­viv­ing Fi­jian cul­ture in its orig­i­nal form was vi­tal so it would be passed down to the younger gen­er­a­tion in what has been said as it pure form. Wain­i­mala Dance Group leader Kolinio Na­mala made the com­ment dur­ing the iVakasenuqanuqa cer­e­mony on Fri­day. The cer­e­mony is a tra­di­tional iTaukei for­mal ac­knowl­edge­ment of their achieve­ments. The group was part of the 99-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion that rep­re­sented Fiji dur­ing the Fes­ti­val of Pa­cific Arts in Guam from May 22 to June 4. Mr Na­mala said his group was from Wain­i­mala in Naitasiri, with some of its mem­bers be­ing their first time abroad. “The two weeks pro­gramme has taught us the im­por­tance of main­tain­ing our cul­ture since tech­nol­ogy was over­pow­er­ing the world es­pe­cially for the youths,” he said. Fri­day, cer­e­mony was at­tended by Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama. He ac­knowl­edged the del­e­ga­tion for giv­ing their time and rep­re­sent­ing Fi­jian vi­brantly at the fes­ti­val. The event was held at the iTaukei Af­fairs Board in Nas­ese.

Fiji Arts Coun­cil di­rec­tor, Laisi­asa Veikoso said the del­e­ga­tion in­cluded vis­ual artists, pot­ters, weavers and con­tem­po­rary artists, a band, tapa de­sign­ers and florists.

He said Fiji will host the 14th Fes­ti­val in 2024. Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

The Waid­ina Dance group of Naitasiri per­formed for the first time dur­ing Fes­ti­val of Arts in Guam last month.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

The Waid­ina Dance group of Naitasiri per­formed for the first time dur­ing Fes­ti­val of Arts in Guam last month.

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