Throughout the week, there will be a number of activities and things to enjoy! Here’s a list of some of the highlights during the week long celebrations:
Enjoy the melodies of Samoan and English hymns performed by choirs representing the country’s major denominations.
Wellness is Beauty
After a busy day at the festival, work up a sweat at the fun and colourful Wellness is Beauty exercise-with-an-island-twist program.
Cultural Show & Teuila International Siva Ailao Afi Competition (Fire Knife Dance)
Watch on as the festival heats up with the hotly contested siva afi (fire knife dance) competition. Performers equipped with a metal ornament with flaming towels at each end, wow the crowd with their twirling prowess and speed while doing other acrobatic stunts. The art of fire knife dancing originated in Samoa and is now practiced the world over.
Teuila Cultural Siva Competition
Enjoy the different parts of the Samoan Siva (dance) as village and church groups compete for the Teuila title. Always popular are the graceful dance performed by the women where the dancer tells a story with her hands, and the fast actions of the fa’ataupati or slap dance which is performed by the men.
Miss Samoa Pageant
Find out who will be crowned Miss Samoa and earn the right to represent Samoa at the annual Miss Pacific Islands Pageant. Contestants compete across a number of categories which include Traditionally Inspired Wear, Sarong (Swim) Wear, Talent, Interview.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the cool vibes of various local bands and artists as they entertain with a mix of local and international favourites.
Samoa Cultural Village Tour and Show
Watch and observe the rich Fa’a Samoa culture in an entertaining and educational way at the Cultural Village. Demonstrations of the ‘umu’ (Samoan ground oven), weaving, tattooing and much more will take place throughout the week.
SIFA Fautasi Challenge
A highlight of the festival is the fautasi, Samoan long boat, race. Watch on as villages compete for top-honours. The fautasi were used in the past for inter-island transport.
Teuila Arts & Crafts and Food Stalls
The stalls are always a hive of activity at the festival. For tasty food at bargain prices and the perfect gift and memorabilia, check out the stalls.
Teuila Carving Competition
One of the defining images in Samoan culture is the beautiful wood carvings that decorate the pristine landscape in Samoa. View master artisans at work as they create beautiful pieces of art out of nature.
Teuila Talent Variety
Samoa’s got talent! From singing to dancing, the variety of acts ensures an entertaining show.