The Marquesas Art & Culture Festival
December 2015 – Aranui to take in the once every 4 years Marquesas Art & Culture Festival (Book Early)
Prior to 1986, many people in the remote Marquesas islands were worried that the ancient traditions and cultures would be lost if a concentrated effort was not made to preserve them. From this concern the cultural organisation known as “Motu Haka o Te Fenua Enata” was established as they organized the first Art and Culture festival on the Marquesas Island of Ua Pou.
This festival encourages its youth to approach the Tuhuka (wise-men) of the islands to be trained in the ancient traditions and culture of the islands.
The “Matavaa O Te Fenua Enana ” or the Marquesas Art & Culture Festival was established and now re-occurs every 4 years on one of the three most populated Marquesas Islands. The festival rotates between the islands of Ua Pou, Nuku Hiva, and Hiva Oa. In December 2015 the festival will take place on the island of Hiva Oa to continue the tradition of demonstrating traditional sports, language, dances (including the well known Haka), sculpture, songs and tattooing. The Aranui 5 will extend its December 2015 itinerary by one day and spend an extra day in Hiva Oa to take in the festivities.
The most recent festivals have brought together over 1800 participants from islands outside of the Marquesas. Youth, their families and instructors come from other Polynesian islands which stretches out to Hawaii, New Zealand and Easter Island. Those attending this rare event will be immersed an opportunity to dive into the heart of the traditions of Polynesia.