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Fiji Festival promises fun for all

Are you a person who enjoys jokes, comedians and their funny performances on stage? Do you swing to good music?

Have you tried some of the delicacies that are popular in Fiji?

Do you like to know about the history and culture of people in other countries?

If the answer to the above questions is in the affirmative, you then have a date with Radio Tarana Fiji Festival scheduled to be held at the Telstra Clear Pacific Events Centre on February 26 and 27 from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Fiji’s own Comedy King John Mohammad, Dancing Queens Bijuriya and Hurricane Bibi and the sterling performers of ‘Trikuttu’ (which is a derivative of ‘Theru Kootu’ or ‘Street Dance’ in Tamil) will be among the highlights of the two-day event.

Radio Tarana Managing Director Robert Khan said that the event was gaining increasing popularity among Fijians and other ethnic groups.

“Our Fiji Festival is a family event, with a number of performers flown from Fiji to entertain New Zealanders. Apart from being a family event, the Festival also helps people to understand and appreciate our unique culture and cuisine,” he said.


According to Mr Khan, the forthcoming Festival will also feature a live band, the famous ‘Faag Competition’ and ‘Meke.’

Editor’s Note: According to Wikipedia, ‘Meke’ is a broad term in the Fijian language, primarily referring to all traditional style of dances. It is a cognate of the words ‘maka’ (Rotuman) and ‘mele’ (Hawaiian). ‘Meke’ is performed during celebrations and festivals. Traditionally the dances are performed by groups of men only or women only. However, foreign influence has brought about changes in recent years.

“Fiji cuisine will also be a part of the Festival, with a number of stall selling delicacies that are unique to the South Pacific Nation. These will include the ‘Bhuja’, ‘Chop Suey’ and ‘Chilli Chicken,’ along with Fiji Corn and Lovo,” he said.

For stall and performance registration, call Sanjesh Narain on 021-971386

What: Fiji Festival and India Festival

By Whom: Radio Tarana

When: Sat, Feb 26 & Sun, Feb27 from 12 pm to 9 pm

Where: Telstra Clear Events Centre, Manukau

Contact: For stalls, Ajeshni Kumar on 021-961386

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