Aronui is Rotorua’s new Indigenous Arts Festival which will colour the month of September, 2019 with entertainment and inspiring stories.
The month-long event has been developed in partnership with key organisations in Rotorua.
Aronui embraces the concept of te whāriki which supports and weaves together individual events and art to lay the foundations of the entire festival.
The ahurei (festival) celebrates, shares and inspires all indigenous art in all its forms.
Four strands of harakeke (flax) lay the whāriki (foundations) for each week of the festival and also highlight the themes during the month, which are:
1st - 8th Sep 2019
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori and Music
9th - 15th Sep 2019
Visual and Traditional Arts
16th - 22nd Sep 2019
23rd - 30th Sep 2019
Two festivals; Te Ihi and Rotorua’s Indigenous Film Festival also known as RIFF, were held in 2018 and highlight Māori culture, are to return to the spotlight in 2019.
These two week-long ahurei (festival) are woven into Aronui and wrap around the other two kaupapa (themes); Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori and Visual Arts.
The annual Aronui Festival will showcase visual art, theatre, music, dance and film from local, national and international indigenous artists, celebrating the diverse art forms of our indigenous communities.