Soul Diva Bella Kalolo and friends brought their musical vibes to the live carving and weaving site of the Taurua Matariki exhibition in Avarua where locals, visitors and school children gathered in numbers to enjoy the outdoor exhibition of artistic talent.
Visitors swayed to the soulful sounds of Bella Kalolo as they mingled with weavers and carvers to learn more of the art pieces being created.
New Zealand Maori carvers and weavers and their Cook Islands counterpart are working on pieces that will become a commemorative collection, symbolising the strong cultural and diplomatic relationship between the two sister nations.
Rarotonga tamariki were out in numbers to learn more of the cultural link between the Cooks and Aotearoa being depicted in the carving and weaving work.
They also danced, cheered and clapped along with Bella Kalolo. The diva held a private concert on Tuesday night and her soulful sounds can be heard tonight at the Islander Hotel.
Work on the commemorative art pieces continues at Avarua Park, with the Taurua exhibition set to wrap up this Friday with a closing event at the Ngatipa residence of the New Zealand High Commissioner. The High Commission instigated the exhibition, organised by Motone Productions who have brought back Bella Kalolo to add spice to the 50th anniversary celebrations.
The general public is invited to get along to Avarua Park to share in this week’s live exhibition.