Lovers of the arts come together at Te Pou, the Auckland home of Māori theatre to support fresh work by young and emerging artists at the Rangatahi Festival.

Organiser Briar Collard says the festival is designed to showcase young Māori coming through.

“E 15 ngā whakāturanga ka kitea, ka mutu e 100 neke atu ngā tangata e mahi tahi ana ki a tū pai ai te taiopenga rangatahi.”

Director Tainui Tukiwaho says it’s about up-skilling emerging Māori artist to provide them with a platform and a voice for Māori.

“The issue that we need to address is the lack of platforms and available opportunity for our Māori to present. That’s the major issue that we need to address. Our rangatahi voices are beautiful, but there’s not enough spaces that we can all enjoy those voices.”

Actor Mauri-Oho Stokes says the festival will give the creatives an opportunity to express the concepts that plague our generation.

“He atamira hirahira enei momo mahi toi hei whakapuaki hei whakakorero hoki i ngā take o te wa e uruta ana i a tatou ngai rangatahi Māori ma. He rawe te kitea.”

This is the first theatre in Auckland to receive the Toi Uru Kahikatea funding status and being a Māori theatre makes that status all the more meaningful.

The series will run from February to May.

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