We’ve been THAT busy that we haven’t had time to post regularly to our blog here on the website – but we hope that you’ve been kept up-to-date with our PICAA haps through our social media pages via facebook, instagram, and twitter. In 2019, we took on a few new Associate members – people from community who could help us drive the various projects that PICAA has started since 2016. Throughout the year, their help has been a source of relief for our small team and we are truly grateful for their help!
A quick breakdown of our PICAA engagements goes like this:
PROJECT TATAU – A call out for members of the Samoan community to sign up for the next tattooing session, which is confirmed for March/April 2020. We’ve hosted a few fundraisers and we are set for another inspiring meet with our tufuga ta tatau Su’a Sulu’ape Peter, and his team at Sulu’ape Skinz.
AVA CEREMONIES – Since our first ava ceremony event in 2018, PICAA has become the go-to for other organisations (Pacific and Non-Pacific) in Victoria, to assist with Pacific welcoming ceremonies. Under the guidance of our PICAA elder Muagututia Lemalu Faatau, we have formed an ‘ava group’ from within PICAA – consisting of members who have chief titles and are soga’imiti (tatau bearers). With this elite group, PICAA has conducted the ava ceremony for the Immigration Museum’s opening event of Tatau: Marks of Polynesia. We also opened the Pasifika Festival (Shepparton) for hosting organisation Know Your Roots.
COMMERCIAL AD – We featured in MYOB NZ’s Payday – Soul commercial ad. You can see us singing a snippet of popular Samoan song “Tele i’a o le Sami” (Plenty of Fish in the Sea) here. Also, you can catch our supertalented Head of Theatre, Fulisia Asalemo Tofete in another MYOB ad that was filmed on the same day here.
PASEFIKA VITORIA CHOIR – Our ever-popular choir took part in many events this year with performances all over Melbourne. We’ll just mention 2 of them here – We recorded 3 songs for the ‘Joy of Freedom’ CD which promotes the #FreeWestPapua movement. We also travelled to Hobart, Tasmania and for 4 days, we took part in the Festival of Voices 2019 event. Shout out to our music director, resident composer and ethnomusicologist Rita Seumanutafa for facilitating her sold-out workshop Beyond The Reef: The Music of Samoa at this event.
For 2020, PICAA is set for another busy calendar of events that will further promote our Pasefika creative artists. Since our formation in 2016, we have evolved as an organisation, and also individually as artists. As we move into 2020 we look forward to developing our organisation further, moving into more creative arts spaces across Australia. Watch this space!
Happy New Year Everyone – from Team PICAA!