“Under the Trees“ theatre project

Calling our Victorian-based Pasefika young creatives!! We are back in the zone with our Pasefika youth theatre project: UNDER THE TREES. Currently a work-in-progress, the theatre work will be directed and written by PICAA Theatre Director Asalemo Tofete. For this project, we are working in partnership with Know Your Roots Inc who are based in…

Melbourne Lockdown Extension

Yup! We’re back there again. In fact, we didn’t make it out of the 7 days! We got slapped with a lockdown extension instead. At the time of writing this blogpost, we have 6 more days left to go and then hopefully – Hoooppppefully Looooord Jesussssss! – we can return to some kind of normality….

Stay connected Melbourne Pasefika!

In response to a new covid outbreak cluster announced last week, Melbourne has been imposed with yet another 7-day lockdown (we are in day 5 today!), and with a growing list of exposure sites things are looking a bit hectic out there! So just in case we get hit with an extension, or we come…

Creative Pasefika Kids!

A few months ago, we decided to work with our local Pasefika kids in a creative video project that would highlight the fun side of music. We called out for video submissions of kids dancing or jivin’ to the “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” song, recorded in Samoan/English by our friends The Melbourne Samoan Choir….

Some creative encouragement for 2021

Bula everyone! Firstly – a massive HI-5 to you all for getting through 2020 and coming out with your sanity intact! For us, 2020 took PICAA to another level of community work. We found ourselves having to drum up ways to engage our Pasefika community, keep people in high spirits (as high as they could…

Keep Each Other Safe

A Community Safety message from PICAA: We are doing our bit to keep Victorian Pasefika communities safe as we ease out of lockdown. It’s important that we remain vigilant and up-to-date with health messages coming from the Premier’s office. We are committed to updating community for the next few months, by working with our local…

Performing Arts for Pasefika Youth (New Programme!)

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,…

Share your creative knowledge

We are coming up to the end of the third school term, so it’s time to get our school holiday program hats on. This year, we’ve designed a program specifically for our Pasefika Youth, called Performing Arts for Pasefika Youth (PAPY). We’ve been facilitating arts programs for youth since the beginning of PICAA in 2016…

COVID Impacts

Malo ni PICAA friends and family! It’s been a tough year, particularly here in Melbourne where we’ve experienced a series of lockdowns since March, all with varying degrees of restrictions. Who knew that 2020 would be the year of the pandemic? Especially one that would bring economic change and uncertainty to our way of life…

Tapena sou ōso mo lau malaga – Samoan Language Week 2020

Talofa lava! It has been a while since we’ve posted, with the pandemic looming and seeing an abrupt transformation around the world and in our daily lives, we hope you are coping and are doing well wherever you are. For many people the current climate has seen them alter, defer and postpone certain events in…