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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…

THE SPIRIT OF PASEFIKA at Moomba 2020

It has been an EXCITING few weeks for our PICAA family and local Pasefika community groups as we joined forces to become THE SPIRIT OF PASEFIKA for this year’s Moomba Festival Parade. In only one month, PICAA co-ordinated a group effort that would allow our local Pasefika groups to come together, create a set, then…

Collaboration and Community

It’s Moomba season here in Melbourne – an exciting time for our PICAA family as we work towards producing an exciting display of Pasefika cultures on Moomba Parade day. Run by the City of Melbourne, the Moomba Festival is Australia’s largest free community event, drawing in huge crowds over the long weekend. It is especially…

Rocking the stage – literally!

Gigging all over Melbourne in the last 4 years has taught us a few things about performances and bookings. One major lesson is the need for us to double-check if the host is aware of the type of performance we bring to the stage. The name ‘Choir’, understandably, doesn’t really give people the whole picture…

PROJECT TATAU with Sulu’ape Skinz

In October/November this year, we fulfilled a sacred Samoan cultural project that involved a partnership between PICAA and NZ/Hawaii-based SULU’APE SKINZ, led by Samoan Master Tattooist Su’a Peter Sulu’ape. In Project Tatau, 11 members of our Melbourne Samoan community received the tatau (men) and malu (women) from Sulu’ape over a period of 2 weeks. PICAA’s…

“NATIVE TONGUE” by Mojo Juju feat. Pasefika Vitoria Choir

It’s been a busy year for our amazing group PASEFIKA VITORIA CHOIR  – we’ve gone from strength to strength since first forming in April 2016. Our choir is the first performance group formed under PICAA, and is one that regularly performs all over Melbourne, promoting Pasefika music. There are times when we are invited to collaborate…