Ten schools have been rehearsing and creating costumes for the anticipated annual event with this year’s theme The Love and Passions of My Ancestors/Island/Tribe.
Emcee on the evening Papatua Papatua, will be accompanied by Janette Browne who will announce the themes of each performance in English along with Nane Moetaua who will translate in Maori.
Apii Avarua will compliment the opening prayer with a song, and the welcoming speech will be delivered by the chairperson of the school’s culture festival committee, Mama Pukeiti.
St Joseph’s primary school is the first on stage followed by Apii Te Uki Ou; after the break Apii Arorangi will take the floor with Titikaveka College next and Tereora college finishing off the night.
The second night on Wednesday April 17th also starts at 6pm with Apii Takitumu singing the introduction song of Aere Mai.
Apii Rutaki will start off this evening followed by Nikao school and Apii Avarua, after intermission Takitumu primary will hit the stage showing their cultural items with Nukutere college closing the occasion.
Each school is given 10 minutes for the performances; tickets for the events are adults $10 and children $5 per night.
The festival school representatives are: Rouru Motu - Avarua, Tapu Paitai - Nukutere, Lucy Vano - Saint Josephs, Maara Scheel - Nikao, Marianna Mataio - Takitumu, Sareni Pekepo Poila - Te Uki Ou, Marama Denny - Rutaki, Sela Varu - Rutaki, Vae Unuka - Titikaveka, Merle Pukerua - Tereora and Terangi Elika - Arorangi.