Mamma Mia cast

Thank you for the musical: Mamma Mia! is a recipe for success

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By Ben Wheeler Take one Swedish pop band – the finest you can find – add a hint of the Italian language, a Greek setting, a universal tale of love lost, and a quest for identity. Bring to the boil with an Irish Australian director and sprinkle liberally with Fijian talent – you can find […]

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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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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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Meandering Mates

Meandering Mates

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Discovering the Nabukavesi River By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti Nature Fiji-MareqetiViti’s ‘Meandering Mates’ adventure for children and their families in the highlands of Namosi is a window to understanding the area’s rich biodiversity, and how it is under threat. The organisation’s vision is for a healthy environment that maintains its diversity of species, habitats, ecological integrity, and […]

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V5

Under the mango tree

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti V5’s jazzy, soulful, and bluesy songs have a sound that sets them apart from many Fijian performers. So it is a shock to learn that the band members, 15-year-old Lia Daunakamakama, her sister 18-year-old Jasmine, and their close friend Vika Tuisawau, are so young. Vika’s brother, Sevuloni is the fourth member, and […]

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VOU - Fiji Untold

VOU dances to sustainability

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As one of Fiji’s pre-eminent dance companies, the vibrant energy VOU brings to every performance feels like an extension of their founder’s personality. Sachiko Soro is a living embodiment of the energy, spirit, and mana the company is renowned for. VOU (meaning ‘new’ in iTaukei) is dedicated to delivering dynamic, visually-stunning and sometimes moving performances […]

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We Love Our Veggies

Fiji’s newest kids’ book on healthy living

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“Eating healthy can be a challenge these days because of readily available fast foods and processed products, available in shops and stores”, says Courtney Underwood-Dass.  “Whether it be going down to the market or growing things in your own backyard, I hope that our book teaches kids that eating healthy can be fun and worth […]

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Fiji Museum

Bringing down the walls

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The Fiji Museum reopens By Samantha Magick For more than two years, the Fiji Museum’s doors were closed to the public. Now, with the opening of its flagship exhibition, Voyages: Stories of an Ocean People, we can see what the team has been busy working on. It’s a place transformed. “The necessity to change the […]

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Rafting the upper Navua

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Words: Samantha Magick Photo: Zoomfiji It was not my most dignified moment. Instead of ‘leaning in’, I leaned back, and quickly found myself waist deep in the rapids of the Navua river. Fortunately, nothing was hurt except my pride. And our guide was very quick to haul me back into our raft, pulling me up […]

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Nasikawa athletes

Coca Cola Games 2023: Nasikawa Vision College

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By Alipate Pareti Seated right next to the Queen’s Highway along Viti Levu’s famous coral coast region, Nasikawa Vision College was well prepared and excited to participate in this year’s Coca Cola Games. Head Coach, Milio Raiyawalevu explained, “We did a lot of off-season training way back in December 2022 and January this year. We […]

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Yasayasa Moala College athletes

Coca Cola Games 2023: We can do better

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By Alipate Pareti All the way from the beautiful isles of Lau, Yasayasa Moala College was able to feature some of its best athletes for this year’s Coca Cola Games. The team’s initial reasons for coming to Viti Levu was for an educational expedition, not the track and field meet. Iliesa Draunidalo, a teacher at […]

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Jordan Rooks

Fiji Fringe Festival: Jordan Rooks

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti “Magic is an art form that can touch every sense; it can be created without language barriers, and I hope that when people see a magic show, they get to really know me and where I come from and become part of the magic of life.” Fiji can expect to see an […]

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Vunilagi Book Club

Near horizons: Vunilagi’s community literacy efforts

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By Samantha Magick “Our children are valuable and we have the responsibility to ensure that they are educated;  that they have the basic needs to go through school.” That’s the firmly-held belief of Vunilagi Book Club founder Mariana Waqa, who for four years has worked with a group of volunteers to bring high-quality books and […]

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Jack Oakley

Fiji motorcycle racer set to hit the tracks of Europe

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9-year-old Jack Oakley is set to become the first Fiji national to appear on the international stage of motorcycle racing.

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Uto ni Yalo holiday program

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It’s the holiday season and what better way to keep your children occupied than having them learn about cultural protocols and seafaring skills. For $175 over 5 days and 6 hours daily, the Uto Ni Yalo Trust has put together this drua sailing program for a week for children between the ages of 13 to […]

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Fiji Airways launches Our Ocean, Our Life activity packs

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Fiji Airways is hoping children travelling on their flights will be entertained and educated through its first Our Ocean, Our Life; activity pack and series of books. Fiji is the first Small Island Developing State in the world to announce a commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and the national carrier is championing key […]

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