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Marlborough Boys' College

Region: Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast

Art form: Multi-Disciplinary

Project name: Pasifika Proud

Creative name: Nicole Pereira, Tevita Vaka

Project information: The Pasifika Proud project is a multi-disciplinary arts project that incorporates Pacific dance and song as well as contemporary dance. Two creatives will work with selected year 9-13 students to develop creative content to explore their cultural identity and heritage through the multi-disciplinary arts. Our creatives will draw on the strong Pasifika oratory tradition to provide an opportunity for young Pasifika to creatively express their collective Pacific identity in a way that is relevant and engaging for them. 

The project will consist of workshops and performance in Pacific dance and song as well as contemporary dance. We want to create a space for young people to articulate their identity and tell their story through a creative outlet, as well as be confident in their identity in a region where their culture is marginalised. This project creates a platform for young Pasifika to gain confidence and tools to enable their voices to be heard. 

The creative aims and outcomes of the project are for the students to: 

  • personally connect with their culture and identity 
  • express their identity through creative mediums 
  • develop and produce an artistic piece work (original Pacific dances and songs, contemporary dance repertoire fused with Pacific dance to create performative pieces of work)
  • experience the artistic process of developing content for and producing a show 
  • collaborate with creatives and peers to develop artistic content 
  • gain expert skill and knowledge from lead creatives 

In line with strengthening the Local Curriculum and application of the TapaSa Cultural Competencies Framework, this project seeks to engage in Pacific ideology of learning, to incite quality art-making that personally connects students to their Pacific culture and identity.

Project starting: January 2022

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