Ahi Kaa festival 9 June – 11 July 2015

Celebrating Matariki with the best of Maori theatre and dance, the inaugural Ahi Kaa Festival officially opens tomorrow night. I welcome it with open arms. In a city where theatre practitioners think it’s okay to use blackface on stage because it fits with the style of the theatre form they are using, this festival will show off truely innovative work that draws on tradition to create something new. Works in the festival range from in development, to new works, to return seasons of classics, to family friendly shows. I can’ t wait.



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