PICAA in 2018 – We Smashed It!!

2018! What a year for PICAA!  We’ve been so busy entertaining everyone this year so we do hope that you’ve kept yourself up-to-date with PICAA haps via our social media pages!  It’s been a great year for us – 2018 being our 3rd year of serving the Arts community of Victoria. So, in this post, we’d like to take a moment to reflect and share with you, all the things that kept us busy this year:

JANUARY:  PICAA turned 2! Also, PASEFIKA VITORIA CHOIR put on an amazing collaborative performance with the awesome choreographer/artist Amrita Hepi at the Sugar Mountain Festival 2018.

FEBRUARY:  We finished up our TUIGA CLASS: VASEGA 2 programme with 8 students completing their beautiful tuiga. The Tuiga Class is an 8-week programme that enables members of the Samoan community to learn how to make their own tuiga as family heirlooms, under the direction of our local tuiga-maker Gina Tafea. Congratulation to our Vasega 2 students: Tania Timu, Senifa Tutagalevao, Rowena Sakaria, Beautie Tufuga, Laloifi Tuiloma, Rapture Nona, Nesa Tuigamala and Suzie Tevaseu on the completion of this year’s program – we look forward to seeing you wear your beautiful tuiga out and about!

The students of Tuiga Class: Vasega 2 with their completed tuiga, with their teacher Gina Tafea (back left corner).

Also in February, PICAA was involved in the ‘We are Brimbank’ campaign. If you ever went to a cinema in the Brimbank city district, you may have seen some of our PICAA family members in the ‘We are Brimbank’ video that is featured in the previews slot all year round 🙂

MARCH:  We proudly represented the Pacific Island community of Melbourne by performing at the Moomba Festival Parade 2018 as part of the ‘Spirit of Pasifika’ march. Our second consecutive year taking part in the parade, we worked alongside our sisters from Nuholani to create a loud and proud united Pasefika march for Moomba watchers.

APRIL TO JUNE:  We fulfilled our role as major sponsor of Miss Samoa Victoria Inc., taking part in the mentorship and preparation of the 7 contestants who competed for the coveted Miss Samoa Victoria 2018-2019 crown. Our seminars and workshops covered topics like Samoan History, Samoan Identity, The Samoan community of Victoria, and Samoan Music and Dance.  We also shared our event management skills to the MSV 2018 pageant night, which took place on June 9th at the Williamstown Town Hall. The Miss Samoa Victoria crown went to Norah Lio Setu Aloiai who went on to compete in the Miss Samoa 2018 pageant hosted in the homeland, Samoa.

The newly-crowned Miss Samoa Victoria Inc: Norah Lio Setu Aloiai. 9th June 2018. (Photo: Westend Photography)

Also in June, the City of Monash hosted our choir as part of their Winter Concert Series. The event was a concert featuring Pasefika Vitoria Choir and it was a sold-out event!

JULY to AUGUST: In July, we performed for our friends at Fijian Victoria Association, as they hosted their annual Pasifika Night event in Noble Park Victoria. We also resumed our previous collaboration with singer/songwriter Moju Juju in the launch of her album “Native Tongue”, held at the Arts Centre. The album, single and artist received nominations for the Aria Awards 2018! How awesome is that?!Read about our collab with Mojo in our previous post here.

OCTOBER: PASEFIKA VITORIA CHOIR performed a collaborative set with local artist Alice Skye  at this year’s Darebin Arts Festival, hosted by the Darebin City Council.  Also in October PROJECT TATAU commenced on October 27th with the traditional Samoan welcoming (ava) ceremony before tattooing sessions commenced and went into November. We hosted Samoan Master Tattooist Su’a Peter Sulu’ape and his team Sulu’ape Skinz and 10 of our members were blessed with the traditional Samoan tattoos.

NOVEMBER: To wrap up PROJECT TATAU, a blessing ceremony (Samaga Pe’a ma Malu) was held on November 10th, 2 weeks later, on the 24th, we exhibited our project to the Pacific Island community of Shepparton. This was done via a performance of Samoan song and dance, featuring the newly-tattooed members at the ‘Pasifika Festival’ in Shepparton, country Victoria. Read about our project here.

Also in November, PASEFIKA VITORIA CHOIR enjoyed their last 2 performances for the year – at the Mulicultural Arts Victoria fundraiser gala, and then at the launch of Swampland Magazine‘s latest issue, at MPavilion.

So I guess that leads us to this month, December – the end of another wonderful year for our PICAA family.  We are already working towards another great year of reppin’ Pasefika creative arts in 2019 – and of course, we could always do with some help so if you’re interested in working, collaborating and producing works with us, then please email us on pasefika@picaa.com.au and let’s find a way do it!

Lastly, we want to wish all our members, supporters, friends and family – a wonderful year ahead in 2019. May we all continue our work in celebrating Pasefika identity through the arts.

Malo aupito, from Team PICAA






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