New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea
Maori cultural performance to enthrall Korean public in Myeongdong
A world-renowned Maori performance group, “Te Arawa Maori Group” from Rotorua in New Zealand will enthrall the public when it performs at the 49th Global Myeongdong Festival at 12:30pm on Tuesday, 23 October (venue: Myeongdong Theatre intersection). The group led by the Deputy Mayor of Rotorua Trevor Maxwell, previously represented New Zealand at the Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II in London in May this year.
The performance group of 14 male and female Maori artists is being brought to Myeongdong by the New Zealand Embassy to celebrate the official “2012 Korea-New Zealand Year of Friendship”. This year marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
New Zealand Ambassador Patrick Rata explained, “The kapa haka group’s performance in iconic Myeongdong will highlight in Korea the celebrations of the Korea-New Zealand Year of Friendship. I am sure Koreans will thoroughly enjoy this powerful performance from some of New Zealand’s best proponents of Maori dance.”
Following their performance, the group will invite audience members on to the stage for a short-training session on kapa haka.
Kapa haka is an avenue for Maori people to express their heritage and cultural identity through song and dance. There are many kapa haka groups throughout New Zealand.
12:30pm, Tuesday, 23 October, Myeongdong Theatre Intersection
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