The theme of this years' Heiva I Tahiti is - Te Anuanua - The rainbow, the bridge between men and the gods, between heaven and earth. The 128th annual event encompasses both cultural and sporting events throughout French Polynesia. It serves to bring together the islands and its people through song, dance and sport.
Last week marked a cultural and symbolic beginning of the month long festival. Award-winning group O Tahiti E, led by raatira Marguerite Lai, presented a pageant entitled "Vaka Arioi" which reenacted the role that the arioi played in ancient Tahiti. In ancient times the arioi entertained the arii (royalty).
Tomorrow evening, the reigning Heiva Nui awarding-winning group Hei Tahiti, under the direction of Tiare Trompette, will be featured in a program honoring the late Henri Hiro, a noted poet, teacher, filmmaker, pastor, and activist and the founder of l'Office Territorial d'Action Culturelle.
In contrast to last years' dance competition, just one group, Hitireva (Kehaulani Chanquy) will be performing in the Heiva Nui division. The group was last years' Heiva division winner and as such was moved up into the Heiva Nui division. The main division to watch this year will be the Heiva division. Participating groups include: HURA TAHITI NUI, NOHOARII (Xavier Nonoh), TOAKURA (Mateata Legayic), MANAHAU (Jean-Marie BIRET), AVAI'URA NO HUAHINE (Leila Darles-Lai), TOROMIKI AUOROTINI NO RIKITEA (Dany Paheo), and FARE IHI NO HUAHINE (Paul Tehare).
Here is the tentative program for the dance and song competition taking place at Place Toata. Activities will be running from July 5-23 with awards being announced on July 22.
More information at the Heiva Nui event website may be available. The July 2010 edition of Hiroa also has more information and may be downloaded at the publication website as a pdf file. The document is in French.
HEIVA I TAHITI 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
19:00 - NIGHT SPECIAL
Friday, July 9, 2010
19.00 - Dance: Category HEIVA: HURA TAHITI NUI
20:00 - Songs: tarava Tahiti tamarii Matai
20:30 - Songs: tarava Raromatai: NO FANATICS tamarii AABF
21.00 - Dance: Category HEIVA NUI: HITIREVA
Saturday, July 10, 2010
19.00 - Dance: Category HEIVA: NOHOARII
20.00 - Songs: tarava Tahiti Nui VAIARII
20.30 - Songs: tarava Raromatai: VAIHOATAUA
21h00-Dances: Category HEIVA: TOAKURA
Friday, July 16, 2010
19.00 - Dance: Category HEIVA FARE IHI NO HUAHINE
20:00 - Songs: tarava Tahiti tamarii TEAHUPOO
20.30 - Dance: 21:30 - songs: tarava Raromatai: Ateh
22.00 - Dance: Category HEIVA: MANAHAU
Saturday, July 17, 2010
19:00 - Songs: tarava Tahiti tamarii PAPARA
19:30 - Dance HEIVA Category: TAVAI'URA NO HUAHINE
20:30 - Songs: tarava Tahiti: Ass. Tamarii NO Papeari
21:00 - Songs: tarava Raromatai FARE IHI NO HUAHINE
21.30 - Dance: Category HEIVA: TOROMIKI AUOROTINI NO Rikitea
Thursday, July 22, 2010
EVENING OF AWARDS
Friday, July 23, 2010
NIGHT OF THE WINNERS OF HEIVA I TAHITI 2010