for AUCKLAND WAR MEMORIAL MUSEUM
We have guest blogged on the Auckland Museum website since 2013, covering some fascinating events and topics focussed on the collections and local culture.
Playing with clay: Takeshi Yasuda
The language of Chinese embroidery
VOU Dance Company ignite Fiji collections
Auckland turns 175: early depictions of the city
A living memorial
The soldier collector and the butterfly
Matariki puts spotlight on environmental causes
Discovering cultural links through pounamu and jade (軟玉)
Reflections on Waitangi Day
From the archive: photos of colonial Auckland and sailing the Waitematā
A sample of what we wrote:
"VOU Dance Company ignite Fiji collections
"Dance and the spoken word are powerful forms of cultural expression and memory and have a rich heritage in the Pacific. To celebrate Fijian Language Week 2014, we invited Suva-based dance company ‘VOU’ to bring sound and dance into the Museum. They spent four days with us, and members of the local Fiji community, to study and interpret themes sparked by the Fiji Collections. The result was an incredible dance performance.
"About 250 people came to the Museum to celebrate Fiji Language Week last year and were taken on a journey through song, dance and spoken word. Everyone contributed to the activation of the Museum’s contemporary Pacific Lifeways galleries enjoying cultural objects highlighted from the collection. It was a warm and interactive celebration of Fiji culture, pride, community and identity.
"The four performances were filmed and will be screened in Silo Park this Saturday 14th March as part of this year’s Auckland Arts Festival event White Night.
"Below you can watch the dance interpretations and hear from some of the people involved..."
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