6 Mar 2010

Pasifika Festival kicks off in Auckland

10:55 am on 6 March 2010

The annual Pasifika Festival starts in Auckland this Sunday with an array of events planned.

The event, which attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators, is overseen by the Auckland City Council in association with a number of sponsors and supporters.

And this year the festivities, celebrating Pacific culture in New Zealand, have expanded from a one day event and will run for a week.

Sara Vui-Talitu has more.

"Pasifika 2010 gets underway early this year with traditional Samoan songs being sung at the Town Hall, followed by a wide range of different theatre, workshops, and a number of shows highlighting the best of auditions - leading right up to the main event at Western Springs next Saturday. There, people can enjoy a range of cultural performances, artists and entertainers from the different Pacific Island groups in New Zealand, taste traditional foods, play sports, and view traditional arts and crafts. There's plenty on offer for the huge crowds that flock to Pasifika every year, with over 350 stalls, 10 Pacific Island villages and 12 stages to choose from."