Connecting you to the Islands
Music, Body Art, Food, NRL Body Pacifica Calendar
Five exhibitions and a festival at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
In true island style, Body Pacifica launches with a three day food and music festival celebrating island culture. For the first time in Australia, you will have the chance to see a walking exhibition of 100 Samoan warriors tattooed with Pe’a created by the Suluape family. Synonymous with being masters of Samoan tattoo art, Su'a Suluape will be tattooing live traditional designs on the weekend.
Discover more than 30 objects from the Australian Museum’s Pacific Collection. Five contemporary Pacific Islander artists will create new artworks which animate these precious objects originally used for body adornment and ceremony. Archival photographs from the 1880s by Reverend George Brown, a unique figure in bringing Christianity to Pacific communities, will also be shown capturing Pacific culture and society from Samoa, Tonga and Papua New Guinea. Local Western Sydney youth will also tell their stories in short digital videos, providing a vibrant snap shot of islander life in the suburbs.
Catch some of the most well known names in football as the Body Pacifica NRL Calendar makes its debut, featuring 12 of Australia's most well respected Pacific Islander players donning traditional body adornment jewellery. Only 5000 copies of the calendar are being produced. For your copy of this exclusive calendar, contact Casula Powerhouse on 9824 1121.
Festival highlights include: live Samoan tattooing, Maori Hangi and Samoan Umu cooking, a Pacific church chorus, Pacific Island DJ’s playing reggae, roots, soul, dub, hip hop R&B and world music, cultural food from Micronesia, Melanesia & Polynesia, art and craft markets.
Stay posted for the festival lineup to be released shortly. An education program for young people and families is soon to be released.
Images courtesty of Greg Semu, Art Director and Photographer 'Body Pacifica NRL Calendar'.
Sione Falemaka, Greg Semu, Frank Puletua, Niwhai Tupaea and Latai Taumoepeau.
Casula Powerhouse, in partnership with the Australian Museum and the NRL, proudly presents Body Pacifica. We extend our thanks and respect to the entire Island community for their support in making this program possible.
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