Fijian Drua fans, the Jiuta family support opposing teams

The Fijian Drua at home

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A Super Rugby festival in the islands By Alipate Pareti This year, the Fijian Drua home fans have been able to cheer on their sides in person, and there are two more opportunities to do so before the final whistle blows on the season. Whether it is at Suva’s HFC Bank Stadium or Lautoka’s Churchill […]

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Suva dogs

Suva has gone to the dogs

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Rain did not deter Suva dogs and their humans from supporting the SPCA and the Tim Howick-Smith 1000 Paws Walk today at Albert Park. The event celebrates Howick-Smith’s life and passion for ending cruelty to animals. The festival today celebrated all dogs owned and unowned. Dogs lapped Albert Park with their owners, competed in a […]

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Toberua: A solar-powered haven

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By Kalinga Seneviratne Toberua is a unique resort just off the coast of Fiji’s capital, Suva. Occupying a four-acre privately-owned island, it features tall coconut trees, lush tropical gardens, a swimming pool, slivers of sandy beach, and 15 small bures, plus a three-bedroom villa. Fiji’s first private island resort, Toberua’s bures face the sea. Each […]

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Veggie Restaurant

Veggie restaurant: Sharing a love for vegetarian cuisine

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By Vittoria Pasca Originally from China, Xiao Lian (also known as Lucia) moved to Suva in 2017 and soon after, opened Veggie Restaurant in Flagstaff. She became vegetarian 14 years ago for religious reasons and since then, she has been very passionate about sharing her love for plant-based cuisine. In the beginning, Xiao was running […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Building an edifice of love

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By Samantha Magick On the Suva seawall at Nasese, a huge heart faces out to sea. The site of the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital, it is a symbol of the passion a family and the community they have built, have brought to caring for Pacific children with congenital heart defects. Established by the […]

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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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Glenda Tuaine

Taonga: An Artist Activist

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Rarotonga-based filmmaker and playwright, Glenda Tuaine’s short film, Taonga: An Artist Activist, will be screened for the first time in Fiji today at the third Pacific Human Rights Film Festival. The 15-minute short film is about Mike Tavioni, a renowned Cook Islands master carver, vaka builder, painter, poet and activist. Tuaine’s first encounter with Mike […]

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Zoro Coffee Hub

The Coffee Hub brings the bula spirit to all

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Shakil Zoro Bhamji, better known as Zoro, was an entrepreneur at an early age, selling fruit  by the roadside in Ba  to pay for his school fees and supplies. “I used to see all the ladies from across the village sell their mangoes on the roadside. So during school holidays and weekends, I used to […]

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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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Niu Grillz chef Sikipio Fihaki

A tour of Suva’s plant-based dining scene

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By Vittoria Pasca The plant-based dining scene has been steadily growing in Suva in the last few years, thanks to the opening of new vegetarian restaurants and eateries, and an increasing number of traditional restaurants adding tasty vegan-friendly dishes to their menu. Here are some options to check out. Health Veggie Restaurant  Equally popular among […]

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Frank Hilton Organisation

Frank Hilton Organisation raises $17,000 with Shivas Regal Project

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By Elizabeth Kolivuso The Frank Hilton Organisation raised over FJ$17,000 in partnership with the Shivas Regal Project through a charity concert fundraiser that was held in Brisbane last month. This was the first ever fundraiser for the organisation to be held outside of Fiji. The Frank Hilton Organisation provides essential health and support services to […]

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Vanuabalavu Day Photo - Fiji Government

Vanuabalavu Festival rekindle bond for a great cause

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On the sidelines of Fiji’s biggest soccer tournament at HFC Bank Stadium, hundreds of people from a remote island in Fiji have gathered at the stadium’s car park to celebrate their cultural roots. Vanuabalavu (or long island) is part of the Lau group of islands, just east of Viti Levu. Vanuabalavu has 17 villages, all […]

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Fiji Fringe and Mamma Mia

Say bula to broadway with Mamma Mia and the Fiji Fringe Festival!

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By Elizabeth Kolivuso Fiji’s ‘Vude Queen’ will become the dancing queen as the star of iconic hit musical, Mamma Mia, when it is staged in Fiji next year. Laisa Vulakoro will star in Mamma Mia in February, which is being presented alongside the second Fiji Fringe Festival as part of Arts Season 2024.  The Fiji […]

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Jane Rickett and Sue Halapua

Jane Ricketts’ Memories of Fiji and family

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By Elizabeth Kolivuso and Samantha Magick Suva painter Jane Ricketts’ Memories exhibition at the Oceania Art Centre is a window into Fiji’s history and history-makers, iTaukei and Indo-Fijian culture, cityscapes and intimate depictions of her family. Ricketts’ elegant use of watercolours, oil paints and paper collage bring her subjects, and their stories, to vivid life. […]

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