Polyfest events move online

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Members of the Kew Pacific Early Learning Centre Kapa Haka group perform at Murihiku Polyfest 2019.

MIHARO Murihiku Trust will be hosting the Murihiku and Central Lakes Polyfests online this year.

Trust director Pauline Smith said with restrictions around gatherings and an uncertain future due to Covid-19, the trust decided to reinvent how it delivered this year’s polyfests.

“The trust is passionate about continuing to support art, culture, youth and education and have seized this opportunity to be nimble and pivot through this crisis,” she said.

“The Murihiku and Central Lakes Polyfests have become strong cultural and arts platforms for about 9000 young people across the regions to showcase their talents.”

The trust was determined recent events would not impinge on the arts and cultural gains polyfest had made in its communities during the past 10 years.

“It has empowered people to share their culture, given a shared sense of belonging and identity, supported people to realise their potential, invited hundreds of volunteers to have purposeful involvement in important events and enriched the community,” she said.

The details of staging the online events were still being worked through.

It was expected the events would be held later in the year which allowed groups more time to practise, she said.

Updates and information would be communicated as details were finalised. In the meantime, the trust was encouraging groups to keep practising and perfecting their polyfest performances.

For more information and updates go to the Miharo Murihiku Facebook page.

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