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Samoa’s Teuila Festival goes digital

Fire knife dancing (Siva Afi). Photo: Teuila Festival

Samoa’s 30th annual Teuila Festival, one of the largest cultural festivals in the South Pacific, is being celebrated in Samoa this week, and for the first time the festival has gone digital.

In the wake of the global pandemic, people from across the world are getting the opportunity to experience a taste of Samoa’s unique traditional culture from the comfort of their own living rooms.

To celebrate the special anniversary of this renowned event, festival organisers are streaming live event coverage and highlighting iconic performances from the past 30 years on the Samoa Tourism Facebook and Instagram pages until 5 September.

Events include traditional Siva dancing, fire knife dancing, tattooing and carving demonstrations, Umu demonstrations (underground Samoan oven cooking), the annual Flower Float Parade, the popular Fautasi race (iconic Samoan boat race), and the crowning of Miss Samoa.

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