Ben Masirewa: Fijian guitar virtuoso shares his musical journey

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By Prerna Priyanka Ben Masirewa, who has been dubbed a “one-man musical genius,” is returning to the Fiji Fringe Festival after his blazing performance last year. Masirewa credits his father for instilling a rebellious spirit within him, fostering a love for rock ‘n’ roll and encouraging him to dare to be different.  “He dared me […]

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Vagina Monologues

Vagina Monologues: A celebration of women’s voices

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By Prerna Priyanka In a bold move to amplify women’s voices and challenge societal taboos, the upcoming Fiji Fringe Festival is set to feature a riveting theatre performance of Eve Ensler’s renowned “Vagina Monologues.” Roshika Deo, a prominent figure in Fiji’s gender equality movement and the driving force behind the production, says the performance will […]

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Fijian Drua 2024

Meli Derenalagi to lead Swire Shipping Fijian Drua in 2024

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By Prerna Priyanka The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua has officially named Meli Derenalagi as the captain for the 2024 Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific campaign. Derenalagi, known for his exceptional skills as a backrower and his leadership both on and off the field, has been a pivotal figure for the Fijian Drua since its […]

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Jane Rickett and Sue Halapua

Jane Ricketts’ memories of Fiji and family

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By Samantha Magick and Elizabeth Kolivuso Suva painter Jane Ricketts’ paintings are a window into Fiji’s history and history-makers, iTaukei and Indo-Fijian culture, cityscapes and intimate depictions of her family. Ricketts developed her interest in art at a very young age, at the knee of her grandfather, who painted landscapes. But it was a turning […]

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InsideOut

InsideOut’s music with meaning

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By Rowena Singh “There’s never a last song,” says InsideOut lead singer and guitarist, Apakuki Nalawa about the band’s ability to fill dancefloors. “We have to literally run off the stage. People just don’t want to stop partying, dancing and singing.” InsideOut’s passion, iTaukei lyrics, melody and instrumentation has brought them fame across Fiji and […]

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Killers of the Flower Moon, Fourth Cinema and the Future of Fijian Film

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By Ben Wheeler For many, the name Martin Scorsese is synonymous with American cinema. His films Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, and Goodfellas are considered by many to be among the greatest Hollywood has ever produced. Others like After Hours and The King of Comedy have a distinctly cult following and have inspired art as varied […]

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TUINZ

TUINZ, Fiji’s dynamic duo ready to dazzle at the Fiji Fringe Festival

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By Prerna Priyanka In the vibrant world of urban and open-style hip-hop dance, TUINZ stands out as a dynamic duo, making waves in Fiji and beyond.  Comprising twins Adriel and Akuila Tuivaga, TUINZ promises an unforgettable showcase of talent, creativity, and a tribute to a dear friend at the upcoming Fiji Fringe Festival. With a […]

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The wonders of Qilaqila, Lau

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By Samisoni Pareti Located on the northwest tip of Vanuabalavu, Lau, tiny limestone islets— many of them looking more like boulders –litter the bay to make up this natural wonder. The limestone rocks are secure anchors, and the many narrow channels and sheltered coves form natural anchorage and berthing bays for yachts, motorboats and other […]

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Sharing ginger beer goodness

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By Rowena Singh It’s hard to imagine a more refreshing drink option than a cold glass of Ginger Lei’s lemongrass or moli ginger beer, pumped straight from a frosty keg. You may have tried it at the ROC Market or at the Ginger Café in Suva, or poolside at the Sofitel Resort on Denarau. Now […]

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Moana Loa

Moana Loa: Bringing wonderland and fantasy to the Fiji Fringe Festival

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By Prerna Priyanka In a blend of creativity and performance, Moana Loa is set to mesmerise audiences at the upcoming Fiji Fringe Festival with a whimsical performance inspired by a childhood favourite. Choreographer Maleina Molia says: “The audience can expect Moana Loa to bring a fun performance to the Fringe Festival with a themed storyline […]

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Mata Dance Group

MATA Dance set to wow audiences at Fiji Fringe Festival

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By Prerna Priyanka In a vibrant display of talent and creativity, MATA Dance Crew, a creative dance company based in Suva, is gearing up to captivate audiences at the Fiji Fringe Festival on March 23, 2024. Founded by Tevita Tobeyaweni in 2019, MATA Dance has become a trailblazer in the Fiji dance scene, aiming to […]

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Oceanic Refractions

Oceanic Refractions: A transcendent dive into Pacific realities

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By Prerna Priyanka In a captivating intersection of art, environmental awareness, and cultural storytelling, Mere Nailatikau and Amer Kanngieser are set to launch their groundbreaking exhibition, “Oceanic Refractions.” The exhibition, which originated from a serendipitous encounter in Suva five years ago, promises a unique sensory experience that delves into the Pacific’s environmental challenges through the […]

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Galoa Women

Galoa women turning trash into cash

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In Fiji, a group of 15 dedicated women has been doing their part to create a circular economy by turning plastic trash into cash. Based in the coastal village of Galoa, the Bulikula Women’s Plastics Group was formed four years ago.  With support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), […]

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Skillz Fj

Skillz FJ brings island vibes to the Fiji Fringe Festival

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By Prerna Priyanka As anticipation for the Fiji Fringe Festival builds, one name stands out among the performers—Skillz Fj, the Sunshine Coast based musician, and a proud advocate for his unique heritage. Since migrating to Australia in 2020, Samuela Konusi Taukave (aka Skillz Fj) has seen his musical career, powered by his vibrant personality and […]

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Circus Carnival Cabaret

Fiji Fringe Festival: Matt Young to bring CIRCUS CARNIVAL CABARET

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By Prerna Priyanka International musical theatre star Matt Young, known for his versatile performances on stage and screen, brings his one-man cabaret show, CIRCUS CARNIVAL CABARET, to the Fiji Fringe Festival in March. An evening of musical comedy and storytelling, the show tells the fascinating tale of family circus in the Australian outback town of […]

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Fiji Fringe Festival: Magician Jordan Rooks’ 3 MAGIC WISHES

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By Prerna Priyanka Jordan Rooks returns to the Fiji Fringe Festival this year with a new show, an all-new family-friendly Aladdin parody magic show, 3 MAGIC WISHES. Rooks has been practicing magic since the age of 13, after a chance encounter with a magician at a restaurant. He has since found his passion for magic […]

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Coral Coast Sevens 2024

Rugby action returns to the Coral Coast

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Sports enthusiasts can look forward to seeing top-tier rugby action as the popular McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast Sevens makes its return this week.  Originally designed to boost tourism during the off-season, the tournament has evolved under the leadership of founder Jay Whyte, expanding to include Women’s and Youth Divisions in 2014 and 2017, respectively.  This […]

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Papapapaital Falls, Samoa

Samoa- The garden island

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By Kalinga Seneviratne I arrived in Samoa for a recent long weekend not knowing what to expect. For a start, my flight from Nadi touched down at 1:00am at the Apia international airport. I was surprised to see the immigration officers and other airport staff looking fresh and the taxi stand outside was also a […]

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Fiji Surfing

Tourism Fiji and Mastercard collaborate to bring surfing dreams to life with Mick Fanning

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By Prerna Priyanka Tourism Fiji has joined forces with Mastercard to offer surfing enthusiasts a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the waves of Cloudbreak with three-time world champion surfer, Mick Fanning. The exclusive week-long trip at Namotu Island Surf Resort has already captured the imagination of global surfing fans. Now, in a unique twist, Tourism Fiji […]

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A dance in 5 installations

A Dance in 5 Installations

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From the moment the first artist in A Dance in 5 Installations slinks along the top of a wall and launches himself onto aerial silks, you are transported on a powerful journey. Choreographer Glenville Lord says the work represents the full circle of his experience, starting as a junior dancer at the Oceania Centre, working […]

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Fiji Fringe and Mamma Mia

MAMMA MIA! Fiji sets stage for inclusive theatrical experience

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By Prerna Priyanka In a ground-breaking initiative aiming for inclusivity in the arts, the Fiji run of MAMMA MIA! The Musical is gearing up for a special ‘accessible performance’ on February 10, 2024. Directed by Michael Payer, this rendition of MAMMA MIA! promises to dazzle audiences while serving as a platform for local talent. The […]

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Image of manta ray hovering over coral reef in the Yasawa Islands

Diving with Mantas

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By Anirban Mahapatra After almost an hour of navigating through lagoons flanking the southern coastline of Kadavu island, the dive boat finally reaches a rocky channel that provides a way out of the submerged mountain walls of the Great Astrolabe Reef. As it cautiously steers around barnacled boulders strong enough to breach battleships, the colour […]

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Film Festival aims to create more awareness and empathy

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The third Pacific Human Rights Film Festival starts tomorrow at the University of the South Pacific’s Japan ICT Performance Theatre in Suva with an important film about rugby in the Pacific.  The opening film is Oceans Apart, which will be screening in Fiji for the first time. Festival Director, Ben Wheeler, says this year’s festival […]

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VegFest Tofu

VegFest Fiji: Promoting health and delicious vegan options

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VegFest Fiji 2023 starts tonight, and at this year’s event you can learn how to make vinegar and kombucha, share brunch with your children, or go vegan at some of Suva’s most loved restaurants. This evening’s opening event, a dinner at Lami Novotel, is by invitation. But the rest of the program is open to […]

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