19 Recipients to Receive Funds Through Pasifika Festivals Initiative

19 Pasifika festivals across the country will receive funding through the Pasifika Festivals Initiative.

The new funding announced by Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni says, “these successful recipients are part of the Tolu Wave – third funding round. The Pasifika Festivals Initiative announced in 2020 provides $12 million over three years through a phased, ‘four waves’ funding approach.”

Minister Sepuloni adds, “Pasifika Festivals are the heart and soul of many communities across Aotearoa, traditionally bringing thousands of people together to appreciate and celebrate the wealth and vibrancy of our Pacific cultures.”

She says the funding will help to future-proof these festivals and support them to ride the COVID wave and withstand the immediate and sustained impacts of the pandemic.

‘Tolu Wave’ will provide $6.7 million, up to two years’ funding for the successful recipients to hold Pasifika Festivals across Aotearoa in 2022 and 2023. Funding also includes support for capability building to strengthen festival organisations.

Click here for the full list of successful recipients for the Tolu Wave