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Matala – A Celebration Of Tongan Culture

Matala – A Celebration Of Tongan Culture
24th – 29nd SEPTEMBER 2012

A week-long celebration of Tongan arts and culture will be launched on Monday 24th September at the Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku.

Matala, which features 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.

The programme of events will feature:

A major group exhibition of Tongan Artists – “NO’O FAKATAHA”
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 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

For booking enquiries/ prices and session times please contact:

A Heart’s Path Heliaki
Email: Email:
or or

Tongan Ark
Phone: 09 262 5789

For festival media enquiries and all other enquiries and bookings contact
PHONE: 09 262 5789


Matala – A Celebration of Tongan Culture 2012

Monday 24 September: 6.30pm for a 7pm start
Official launch of Matala – A Celebration of Tongan Culture
Blessing of the exhibition No’o Fakataha,
curated by Dagmar Dyck and Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi
and is open to the public from:
Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm and Saturday, 10am – 4pm.
Tuesday 25 September
Professional Development night for Tongan artists & Tongan community
Time: 7pm | FREE EVENT
Wednesday 26 September
A Heart’s Path by Suli Moa | Presented by Tales from the Kava Bowl
Times: 11am & 8pm | Tickets: $10 - $20
Heliaki | Presented by LIMA Dance Productions
Times: 12.30pm & 6.30pm | Tickets: $5 - $15
Thursday 27 September
A Heart’s Path by Suli Moa | Presented by Tales from the Kava Bowl
Times: 11am & 6.30pm | Tickets: $10 - $20
Heliaki | Presented by LIMA Dance Productions
Times: 2pm & 8pm | Tickets: $5 - $15
Friday 28 September
A Heart’s Path by Suli Moa | Presented by Tales from the Kava Bowl
Times: 11am & 8pm | Tickets: $10 - $20
Heliaki | Presented by LIMA Dance Productions
Times: 12.30pm & 6.30pm | Tickets: $5 - $15
Poetry Night
Time: 7pm – 9pm | FREE EVENT
Saturday 29 September
Kava Day
Time: 10pm – 5pm | FREE EVENT
Tongan Ark
Time: 7pm – 9pm | Tickets: $10 - $15
Film screening - fundraiser for Atenisi University


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