Pacific Essence: Tales of a Migrant Plantation
A fusion of culture, performance, dance, art and storytelling shared through the lives of LGBTIQA+ individuals from the Pacific diaspora.
Pacific Essence weaves the tapestry of Rainbow narratives through performance, dance and a talanoa panel discussion with a backdrop of photographs from this year's Stonewall 50th Anniversary World Pride New York March.
Join Melbourne-based Amao Leota Lu on a journey with her extended Rainbow family through the highs and lows, tears and laughter – embracing the notion "You’re welcome at our table."
We are lucky enough to be joined by Pacific artist Tara Apa performing to open our panel discussion. She is a multi-disciplinary artist- a fa’afafine entertainer, who brings class, comedy and fun to the stage. We also have Capri Jackson performing.
Fiaailetoa Ken Moala is a traditional pacific & Samoan elder (Matai), healer, fa'afafine, chaplain and human rights activist. Ken will open our panel.
Ripley Kavara is a musician and artist who also works with youth using digital arts as a tool for empowerment for black, brown & queer youth.
Joseph Sikulu is a Pacific Climate Warrior working with Pacific people in 15 Island Nations and with the Pacific Diaspora internationally.
Andrew Fitisemanu will share experiences with his faith and as an openly gay rugby player.
Chairing the panel will be Amao Leota Lu. Amao is an international speaker, performing artist, writer, activist, storyteller and proud Samoan fa'afafine and trans woman of colour.
As well as being an artist and entertainer, Tara Apa is an activist for Pasifika fa’afafine, Leiti, Akavaine, Mahu, Lae’lae, Sistergirl, Palopa and Fakafafine communities.
Joining us to share a closing speech will be Korra Koperu. Korra is a Māori transgender woman who started her advocacy journey at 13 years of age.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
Image: Bo Pousima Afeaki Inukihaangana
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