13 May 2015

NZ festival to celebrate Samoan language, theatre, dance

12:58 pm on 13 May 2015

A festival celebrating Samoan language, theatre and dance is aiming to share stories that are precious to the culture, with the Samoan and wider New Zealand community.

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Photo: Measina Festival

The Measina Festival 2015 will be held in Wellington's Whitireia Performance Centre from May the 26th to the 31st, during Samoan Language Week.

The producer of the festival, Sandi Malesic, says Samoan will be spoken in the performances, especially in the movement pieces, but the festival is not limited to Samoan audiences.

"The goal is to get the performances relatable, so they're real people stories that are precious to them. And in sharing those, we are trying to celebrate things that are beautiful about the culture, as well as the language, so that the young people don't lose what they've got, their culture, even though they're in a different land. So that they can keep that up for generations."

Sandi Malesic says because the festival sold out last year, they have added more shows to the week long event.