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The Pacific Festivals of Aotearoa New ZealandNegotiating Place and Identity in a New Homeland$
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Jared Mackley-Crump

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838713

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838713.001.0001

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A Pacific Renaissance?

A Pacific Renaissance?

Understanding Festivalization

(p.45) Chapter 2 A Pacific Renaissance?
The Pacific Festivals of Aotearoa New Zealand

Jared Mackley-Crump

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter presents a multi-faceted argument in order to understand how the festivalization of Pacific cultures in Aotearoa New Zealand occurred. It shows how the first festivals were initiated where the largest Pacific communities resided, before spreading and mirroring the movement of Pacific peoples across the country. A significant growth in the number of festivals occurred after the Pasifika Festival began in 1993, and this decade has been referred to as a “Pacific renaissance.” This chapter looks at the confluence of sociocultural and political factors that explain this development. It looks at festivals as a response to sociopolitical changes that marginalized Pacific communities, and as reflecting a sociocultural generational shift, where the first generations of New Zealand-born Pacific peoples moved into positions of political influence and Pacific artists became visible and influential on a scale not previously witnessed.

Keywords:   Festivalization, Pacific festivals, New Zealand, Pacific communities, generations, sociocultural change, sociopolitical change, Pasifika

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