Celebrate Pasifika Culture and Heritage with Arts & Cultural Exchange (ACE) at the Treasure Islands Supper Dance

Celebrate Pasifika Culture and Heritage with Arts & Cultural Exchange (ACE) at the Treasure Islands Supper Dance

Arts & Cultural Exchange (ACE) presents Treasure Islands Supper Dance, the final in their popular ACE at Dusk series. Taking place on Saturday 6 April, the event invites audiences to experience the rich culture of the Pacific Islands, featuring traditional cuisine, captivating dance performances, and vibrant music.

Treasure Islands Supper Dance is a dynamic celebration of the Treasure Islands video series, a project directed by Victoria Harbutt, ACE’s Producer, Special Projects, and produced in collaboration with Powerhouse Parramatta, featuring the rich cultures of Samoa, Fiji, Cook Islands, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, and Kiribati, as seen through the eyes of both on-island and Australian-born individuals. The Supper Dance aims to bring the spirit of these islands to life, offering attendees an immersive experience of island culture.

Guests will be treated to an island-style, sit-down supper, catered by Bidwill’s legendary Palms Pacific, whose flavours will be served amidst engaging performances inspired by the dances showcased in the Treasure Islands series. The evening will be hosted by Koori Radio’s The Black President Show presenter Leo Tanoi.

After the performances, the floor will open for dancing, with music provided by HI BMI, one of Western Sydney’s premier island bands known for their electrifying reggae, soul, and funk rhythms.

Anne Loxley, Executive Director of ACE said, “The Treasure Islands Supper Dance is not just a celebration of the Treasure Islands series but a testament to the vibrant and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands and their communities here in Australia. We are proud to host an event that entertains and fosters a deeper understanding and appreciation of Pasifika heritage.”

The performance line-up includes: Sianetti Holani from Tonga; Grace Silatou & Ilikena Karikaritu from Fiji; Margaret Nekeare and family from the Cook Islands; Maryjane McKibbon-Schwenke & Friends from Samoa; Lepolo & Wika Lomavita from Kiribati; and special guests, Ko Te Rano from Rapa Nui.

This initiative is proudly supported by the NSW Government through the Culture Up Late Western Sydney Program.

Treasure Islands Supper Dance will be at ACE on Saturday, April 6 from 7 pm – midnight. Tickets are $20, and bookings are essential. Book now.

Watch every episode of Treasure Islands on the Arts & Cultural Exchange website here.  

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Treasure Islands Supper Dance, Photo credit Treasure Islands