Tafesilafa’i Festival celebrates Samoan culture at Aquarium

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samoan-festivalThe Tafesilafa’i Pacific Islander Festival is a fun filled weekend where visitors will get immersed the wonder of Samoan tribal dance and ceremonial expression of the Pacific Islands.

Enjoy Pacific Island music, contemporary music and dances, fireworks, pageants for Mr. and Ms. Tafesilafa’i, and many other cultural events. There will also be Youth Games, exhibitions, and special performances representing Tahiti, the Marshall Islands, Kutturan-Cahmoru and, of course, various Samoan Youth Groups from Southern California.

The 13th annual Tafesilafa’i is a faith-based celebration of the art and culture of the Samoan community in Long Beach and other areas of the Pacific Rim.

Come to all or part of two evenings of Pese & Siva (song and dance), Fire Making, Warrior Pulls and more. There is an all day powerhouse dance championship competition on Saturday until the sun goes down. And a community worship exprerience and spiritual dance movement by young people of Polynesia on Sunday.

Sometimes called the Samoan festival for those that can’t pronounce it, Tafesilafa’i (tah-feh-see-lah-fah-ee) is a free event that takes place at the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach. Click here for a Aquarium discount coupon and make a day of it with the whole family.

Tafesilafa’i started in 1997 as a conversation about meaning making in an ethnic community, and it has grown into an inquiry into ways of being in the Urban Pacific Islander communities in Southern California.

The Tafesilafa’i Festival is an integration of indigenous, cultural, and religious values in ways that accentuate the importance of family, community, and others. These values are expressed through music, dances, narratives, and rituals. Participants in Tafesilafa’i deepen their faith, hone their talents, and heighten their cultural awareness as they commune with others, reaffirming respect for God, self, family, and the greater community.

The Tafesilafa’i festival celebrates the art and culture of the Samoan and Pacific Islander Communities. It takes place at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way in Long Beach.

For more information visit www.tafesilafai.org.

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