The Siva Afi Festival is a pioneering event that brings the talents and skills of wāhine and rangatahi to the fore, through a centuries-old traditional art form from Samoa – siva afi/fire knife dancing.
Day 1 of the Festival is dedicated to our Wāhine Toa Afi Competition and Day 2 is the NZ Schools Siva Afi Competition.
The Siva Afi Festival will be in its fourth year running next year, and we’re excited to be welcoming international competitors to our all-female Siva Afi competition, as well as special guest performers and internationally renowned experts.
PolyX Polynesian Night Markets will be providing food and craft stalls throughout the Festival days.
and many more!
FESTIVAL PERFORMERS INCLUDE:
Wāhine Toa Afi Exhibition, Le Taupou Manaia – Auckland, Vaimatina Triple Threat (US),
Jeralee Galea’i (US) “Female World Fire Knife Champion”, Popea Lautala – 3 times Teuila Siva
Afi Champion – Samoa, Tautua Dance Academy (Wellington), Tahimana, and many more!
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MEET OUR 2022 CHAMPIONS
Congratulations to all our performers and competitors in the Siva Afi Online Festival held in March 2022. We are so grateful you chose to share your art and skills with us and we wish you all the best on your siva afi journey. For many of you, this is just the start and we look forward to seeing you perform in future years.
Wellington Siva Afi
Villages (Samoa): Falevao/ Safotu/ Leulumoega
lorina is in the final year of gaining her Bachelor of Creativity at Whitireia Performing Arts, Porirua, Wellington. Her passion for Siva Afi has grown more over the past couple of years since starting in her Siva Samoa classes in 2020. Iorina is excited and grateful for the opportunity to take her skills gained to the next level.
School/ Club: Randwick Park School/ Siva Afi Mangere
Age: 12 years
Island/ Iwi/ Village: Samoa
Awards: Top 3 Juniors Division – NZ Schools Siva Afi Competition 2021
Jayden Suni Aunese-White
School/ Club: St Pauls College / TahiMana
Age: 13 years
Island/ Iwi/Village: Samoa/ Kiwi
Samoa Villages: Fusi Safata, Satufia Satupaitea
Awards: 1st in Second Division. Gisborne Boys High School Siva Afi Competition 2020.
WATCH THE REPLAY
For anyone who wasn’t able to watch the March 2022 Festival live, we’ve made a replay available for both days. This means you can visit our website and watch at your convenience.
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