Pacific Cultural Exchange
To support artists from Pacific Island nations to engage with Pacific artists and communities in New Zealand, and vice versa, to support the exchange of artistic skills and cultural knowledge.
The Pacific Cultural Exchange brings skilled practitioners from a different Pacific Island nation to New Zealand each year.
In 2013 the programme brought six artists to New Zealand who represent three genres of Tongan arts: tufunga (material), faiva (performance) and nimamea'a (fine) arts.
In 2014 the programme supported six Niuean artists who specialised in traditional Niuean weaving, carving and performing arts.
In 2015 six Cook Islands artists shared knowledge and skills of their heritage art forms – ranging from tattooing to drumming – that are distinct to the Cook Islands culture.
- To strengthen Pacific art links in New Zealand.
- Awareness of Pacific arts for the New Zealand public.
- Strengthened skills and knowledge of Pacific artists in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
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