Press Release

For Immediate Release 


Event Date: August 1- 4, 2013

 

The Song and Dances of the Pacific Island Await You at the 17th Tafesilafa’i Festival, Long Beach, California

 

The Festival is an effort by the Samoan faith community to provide a platform for the Pacific Islanders to share their heritage, culture, customs, language, dances, motifs and rhetoric under its slogan of “Culture Informed by Theology.”

 

 

Long Beach, California (July 17, 2013) - Tafesilafa’i Inc. will host its 17th Tafesilafa’i Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California from August 1st to August 4th, 2013.  Tafesilafa’i (tah-feh-see-lah-fah-ee) in Samoan means meeting face to face.  It is an effort by the Samoan faith community to provide a platform for the Pacific Islanders to share their heritage, culture, customs, language, dances, motifs and rhetoric under its slogan of “Culture Informed by Theology.”

 

This year’s theme “Talita Kumi:  Heal the World” invites us to take a closer look into our lives and recollect the hurt that has happened and how our personal story and healing has shaped our lives.  The Pacific Islanders will perform and exhibit their culture, language, customs through songs and dances to the beat of island drums including a Fire Knife show. Admission is freeIf you attend the festival, you will receive a coupon for $6 off for Adult admission at the Aquarium of the Pacific and $1 off Child and Senior admissions.

 

Last year’s festival was attended by more than 40,000 guests who enjoyed the various performers showcasing their talents and skills in cultural exchanges but also their ministry through songs and dances in religious skits.

 

This year’s entertainment will include young up and coming Pacific Islander Artists namely Angeline The Artist, Cyrus Sitagata, Brodi Nichols and young Opera singer Jennifer Lockhart.  Island songs and dance performances will be provided by Pua Olena, Pua O Lei Tiare, Mahana Polynesian, Hitia O Tera, Hiya Papaya & Chamoro Dance Group, Na Kapaku Praise Hula, New Pleasant Praise Team, Tago Le Pasefika (TLP) and Tupulaga Dance Group.  Youth groups from Vai o le Ola Church and 2nd Samoan Church are expected to put on a high energy show.

 

Mr. Tui Letuli of Keeper of the Flame will be conducting a fire knife workshop for those interested.  A grass volleyball tournament is also scheduled. 

 

A variety of food, non-food, and community vendors will display their expertise in Pacific Island foods, merchandise or information related to social issues and healing.

 

Tafesilafa’i Inc. was recognized by the U.S. Commerce Association of New York with Marketing Awards in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, it was recognized by the Long Beach press under the Religious Organization Category.

 

Further information about the festival can be viewed on its website: www.tafesilafai.org or Facebook:  Tafesilafai Long Beach. 










 



 Contact & Media Visits  


Tafesilafa'i Festival

Long Beach, California

Web: www.tafesilafai.org, Phone: 562-628-9282

 

Media Contact: Alapati Mulivanu

Email: pakimulivanu@yahoo.com

Phone: 714-697-4288

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.

 

 Condensed Version  

 

Event Date: August 1- 4, 2013

 

The Song and Dances of the Pacific Island Await You at the 17th Tafesilafa’i Festival, Long Beach, California

 

The Festival is an effort by the Samoan faith community to provide a platform for the Pacific Islanders to share their heritage, culture, customs, language, dances, motifs and rhetoric under its slogan of “Culture Informed by Theology.”

 

 

Long Beach, California (July 17, 2013) - Tafesilafa’i Inc. will host its 17th Tafesilafa’i Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California from August 1st to August 4th, 2013.  Tafesilafa’i (tah-feh-see-lah-fah-ee) in Samoan means meeting face to face.  It is an effort by the Samoan faith community to provide a platform for the Pacific Islanders to share their heritage, culture, customs, language, dances, motifs and rhetoric under its slogan of “Culture Informed by Theology.” This year’s theme “Talita Kumi:  Heal the World” invites us to take a closer look into our lives and recollect the hurt that has happened and how our personal story and healing has shaped our lives.  The Pacific Islanders will perform and exhibit their culture, language, customs through songs and dances to the beat of island drums including a Fire Knife show. Admission is freeIf you attend the festival, you will receive a coupon for $6 off for Adult admission at the Aquarium of the Pacific and $1 off Child and Senior admissions. This year’s entertainment will include young up and coming Pacific Islander Artists namely Angeline The Artist, Cyrus Sitagata, Brodi Nichols and young Opera singer Jennifer Lockhart. A variety of food, non-food, and community vendors will display their expertise in Pacific Island foods, merchandise or information related to social issues and healing. Further information about the festival can be viewed on its website: www.tafesilafai.org or Facebook:  Tafesilafai Long Beach.

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.

 

Media Contact: Alapati Mulivanu, Email: pakimulivanu@yahoo.com, Phone: 714-697-4288