Championing authentic expression and representation of the HIV community, the Puāwai closes tomorrow following a week of kicking all things ‘stigma’ to the kerb.
Now entering its fourth year, the festival is the brainchild of cultural provocateur and community facilitator Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho, and Mark Fisher from Body Positive. Creating open, safe and integrated spaces to reduce stigma, Puāwai raises awareness (and funds!) through the performing arts, crossing genre boundaries with diverse programming.
Tukiwaho said, “Puāwai sees a world in which people living with HIV are treated as equal citizens: respected, free of stigma and alive with dignity. The multi-faceted programme of Puāwai events has enabled skills-building, sharing, participation and steps toward structural change since we first birthed the festival in 2015. We allow people to just enjoy being human!”
The festival closes tomorrow with the TRUE COLOURS CABARET GALA Co-presented by Taurima Vibes and Auckland Live at 8pm in Auckland Town Hall.
The crescendo to a full week of awareness events celebrating our authentic selves, this is an evening of stellar entertainment by incredible local talent including NZ icons The Lady Killers headlining the night!
From $15; Booking through Auckland Live: