140th Anniversary Celebrating Polynesian Traditions and Dance
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LONDON, 2021-Jun-29 — /Travel PR News/ — From 1 – 10 July, the annual Ti’a Ma’i Festival (this year’s edition of Heiva i Tahiti) will take place on the island of Tahiti. A vibrant celebration marking 140 years of the Heiva i Tahiti, Tahiti Ti’a Mai will feature traditional Tahitian dance and musical performances, fire walking, sports and historical and art exhibitions. Immerse yourself in 140 years of cultural history as we come together to celebrate the unique traditions of The Islands of Tahiti.
Events celebrating the occasion will include dance (Ori Tahiti) accompanied by drums and traditional instrumentation, fire performances and more.
This 2021 edition of Heiva i Tahiti is not the usual annual event. This year’s event maintains the spirit and most important elements of the original in a collaborative series of performances and demonstrations, rather than in a competitive format. The event will bring together 23 groups for six evenings of unforgettable shows.
The Heiva, which means gathering in Tahitian, is an expression of joy, strength and resilience of the Polynesian spirit. The performances and traditions expressed at Heiva were discouraged by early colonial missionaries and prohibited by the Pomare Code of 1819 which sought to suppress Polynesian culture.
This history combined with recent world events, make this year’s Ti’a Ma’i Festival a more poignant celebration than ever before, a jubilee of the lasting traditions and spirit, or Mana, of The Islands of Tahiti.
To stay up to date on the latest events and news from The Islands of Tahiti, please visit Tahiti Tourisme’s website.
ABOUT THE ISLANDS OF TAHITI
Located in the South Pacific, The Islands of Tahiti consist of 118 islands and atolls, made up of the well-known Society Islands including Tahiti and Bora Bora, Tuamotu Islands, Gambier Islands, Austral Islands and Marquesas Islands.
Known for being an artist’s residence to the likes of Gauguin and Matisse, The Islands of Tahiti are the birthplace of Polynesian culture. The locals are warm and welcoming, whilst exuding a humble spirit and proudly sharing their traditions and heritage with visitors. The current Embraced by Mana campaign highlights the diversity of the destination, bringing to life the duality of seclusion and adventure and connecting all islands.
Access from the UK is usually via Paris or Los Angeles with connections from Air Tahiti Nui.
For more information on The Islands of Tahiti, visit www.tahititourisme.uk
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