Returning in 2017 after a hugely successful debut last year, the Pacific Dance Festival will launch an all new programme, running 15–24 June at Mangere Arts Centre in Auckland.

Born out of the Pacific Dance Choreographic Laboratory (since 2009), the festival provides an opportunity for Pacific choreographers to create, develop, and perform original dance works in a celebration of Pacific cultures. This initiative by Pacific Dance New Zealand has expanded over two weeks, presenting a programme that embraces contemporary Pacific dance in the most populous Polynesian city in the world.

Showcasing the diversity and joy of the world of Pacific Dance, audiences will be delighted with the programme on offer in the home of Auckland’s Pacific culture. With last year’s performances being noted as having “immense potential” (Theatreview) and “breaking down of stereotypes of what can be labelled ‘Pacific Dance’” (DANZ), tickets will be snapped up so get in quick.

Pacific Dance Festival 2017 Programme

Thursday 15 and Friday 16 June 2017 – WAHINE TOA
Featuring: Tai Akaki by Tepaeru–Ariki Lulu French, Ave by Ufitia Sagapolute, West Meet South by Losalia Milika Pusiaki, and Found Words by Julia Mage’au Gray


Saturday 17 June 2017 – World Premier of ‘Nu’u’ – An Urban Pacific Story
Featuring: Freshmans Crew

Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 June 2017 – TAMATOA
Featuring: Muamua and Keeping the Faith by Joash Fahitua, Fa’aafa by Pati Tyrell, Mea Tau by Elijah Kennar, and Tu Move by the New Zealand School of Dance.

Friday 23 and Saturday 24 June 2017 – ‘DOUBLE BILL’
Featuring: Aumaga by Le Moana and Le Mau by Jasmine Leota

The Polypass pack includes tickets for each of the four different shows on various nights at your discretion:

  • – Wahine Toa Nights – featuring our female artists
  • – World Premier of Nu’u –featuring Freshmans Crew
  • – Tamatoa Nights – featuring our male artists
  • – Double Bill featuring Le Moana and Jasmine Leota

Running alongside the dance festival will also be an exhibition of Pacific dance costumes not to be missed — get in and book today!

Children – $12.00 
Unwaged and student – $20.00 
Adult – $25.00
Polypass (four shows) – $75.00

Mangere Arts Centre, Corner Bader Drive and Orly Avenue, Mangere, Auckland 2022

Bookings and more info can be made through