Whare Tapere, an annual event established by Ōrotokare, is set to take place next Saturday 22 February at Waimangō Farm, Hauraki. The event is open to the public, and celebrates indigenous performing arts and whare tapere –pā based houses of storytelling, dance, games, music, entertainment and much more, which fell into disuse following the move from pā villages to the new townships in the 19th century.
Tākaro at Whare Tapere (photo by Regan Balzer)
This year’s event includes performances in te reo Māori of karetao (puppetry), tākaro (Māori games), waiata and an innovative, contemporary kapa haka.
It will also premiere ‘Whenua’ – a choreographed performance work with music composed by Te Ahukaramū for piano, taonga pūoro and voice.
Karetao at Whare Tapere (photo by Regan Balzer)
Make sure you check back at He Korero o te Wa next week for a blog post by our own talented Al Fraser, who will be performing at Whare Tapere, with all the news from this year’s event.