Matala – A Celebration of Tongan Culture

The Tongan Artist Collective presents Matala – a Celebration of Tongan Culture.

Starting from Monday 24th September to Saturday 29th September 2012, the week-long celebration of Tongan arts and culture will be hosted at the Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku. It will feature dance, theatre, dance, poetry, music with traditional and contemporary faikava. You will see Tongan artists and members of the Tongan community come together for the second year running, a celebration specifically for Tongan artists in New Zealand for the wider Tongan Community.

Matala means the blossoming of a flower, but in this sense it is but the blossoming of the mind, the arts and the talent within the Tongan community of Aotearoa and creating a platform in which to create, develop and produce new works to showcase within this week long festival.

Monday 24th September will see the launch of Matala at 6.30pm with the opening of the exhibition No’o Fakataha and featuring a special performance by Kalisolaite ‘Uhila.

No’o Fakataha translates loosely as ‘the concept of tying to a post on a wharf’ – as in, all the boats are on a journey but they come together to form at a common meeting point. Curated by Dagmar Dyck and Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi, this major group exhibition of Tongan artists includes Dagmar Dyck, Tui Emma Gillies, ‘Elenoa Hema-Telefoni, Terry Koloamatangi Klavenes, Emily Mafile’o, Vea Mafile’o, Visesio Siasau, Ahota’e’iloa Toetu’u, Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi, Kalisolaite ‘Uhila, Sam Afu, Czarina Wilson, Glen Wolfgramm and Stan Wolfgramm.

The programme of events will also feature:

– Professional development evening

– The writer of “Kingdom of Lote” presents a new Tongan theatre play “A Heart’s Path”

– The first ever Tongan contemporary dance theatre show “Heliaki”

– A live poetry night featuring Dr Karlo Mila

– A celebration of traditional & contemporary kava “Kava Day”

– Auckland’s 2nd showing of the film “Tongan Ark”

– Live artist demonstrations throughout the week by Visesio Siasau and Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi, Benjamin Work and tattoo artists

The Poetry Night featuring Dr Karlo Mila will take place on Friday 28th September at 7pm, Mangere Arts Centre. I am honoured to be one of the poets to perform at this event. If you are available, please join us. It is a free event! See flyer below for more info:

For booking enquiries/ prices and session times please contact:

A Heart’s Path


Tongan Ark
Phone: 09 262 5789

For festival media enquiries and all other enquiries and bookings contact or or 09 262 5789.

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