It’s school holidays and we’ve kickstarted our long-awaited PERFORMING ARTS FOR PASEFIKA YOUTH (PAPY) programme. Earlier on in the year, we had this program all set to go with a focus on theatre and the stage, and 20 students signed up. Then Covid hit (you know the rest…). Fast forward 2 x Stage 3 lockdowns, 1 x Stage 4 lockdown and a ‘Roadmap to recovery’ for Melbourne, it was time for us to find ways to get our creative kids active and engaged. So we last month we posted a call-out for interested youth:
Within 3 days, we reached our maximum class number with 20 youth signed up – we had to cap it due to classes being facilitated via Zoom. Last weekend, we had our first PAPY class and happy to report that the students have chosen to work on a short film project, so we can’t wait to see what they come up with after 3 months together. Of course, when you have amazing mentors like Fulisia Asalemo Tofete (Actor, Director & Playwright) & Lelili’o Steve Tafea (Youth Worker, Actor and Director) then you know that our lil creatives are in good hands! (I’ll tell you all about Asa and Sikivi in our next blogpost!).
We encourage parents and elders of the community to get behind our young creatives who are trying to find ways to better express themselves through the arts. Happy children means a Happy Community 🙂
PAPY is PICAA’s contribution to empowering our youth and fostering community safety in support of the Village Response Plan. At the moment there are a few Pasefika organisations currently rolling out programmes in partnership with VRP – we are joined by our sibling Pasefika organisations Raw n Rugged, Charis Mentoring Inc and Measina Treasures of Samoa in this cause, and we wish them all the best!
Sending love to our creative Pasefika youth – We are One, We Are Pasefika, We Are Brimbank.
xx Rita (PICAA’s Head Cheerleader and Robot Dancer on a good day)