The best party ever!
That’s the feedback the Ministry of Cultural Development (MOCD) has been receiving on this year’s Te Maeva Nui celebrations, which ended on Monday with an official closing ceremony in the National Auditorium after 10 days of festivities.
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With pearls thrown to the crowd, young drummers smaller than the drums they were beating, a turtle on stage (well, kind of) and much more, Thursday night’s performances were full of surprises for this (papa’a) reporter’s first real look at what makes Te Maeva Nui such a magical occasion for the whole of the Cook Islands.
Dehydration and tiredness resulted in performers collapsing while either coming off the stage, or on the grounds outside the building during the Te Maeva Nui celebrations at the National Auditorium this week.
The crowds are getting bigger, the final night is inching closer, and the pressure on performers to nail every inch of the national auditorium into the memories of those present is intense.