Traditional Fiji Dance Meke Brings Pasifika Together Online

Around 80 people from across New Zealand and the Pacific joined the World’s first ever online Meke on Monday night.

Pacific Dance New Zealand artists in residence 2021, Fijian choreographer and founder of Te Mana Academy in West Auckland Alipate Traill, spearheaded the project. It also coincides with Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti – Fijian Language Week.

The aim is to establish a world record to get as many people online to perform the Meke. Alipate says this is a wonderful way to not only learn traditional Fijian dance but also a great source of exercise, especially during the COVID-19 lock-down. Alipate continues to hold weekly online classes.

The dance session was received with great enthusiasm from those who took part.

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