Festival for paradise

Waiata Melody and Jeff Tamafao prepare for the Polynesian Summerfest at Williamstown. Photo: Marco De Luca

By Goya Dmytryshchak

Williamstown will be swaying to an island harmony when it hosts this weekend’s Polynesian Summerfest.

Festival co-organiser Petini McAlpine said it was the first event of its kind in Williamstown.

“I go to a lot of festivals, like the Spanish festival, Jamaican festival, and I enjoy it, but I’ve never seen or been to anything similar that’s Polynesian,” she said.

“So, I wanted to see if we could create that experience for Melburnians.

“Indoors, we’ll have a more mellow scene where we’ll have the dance performances from each island, local artists, young local talent and all our arts and crafts. We’ll have popular live bands and some big acts, DJs.”

Some of the nations represented include Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii and Niue.

The main stage will be outside on the waterfront and the family-friendly event will have children’s workshops.

Polynesian Summerfest is on Saturday, December 8 from 11am-7.30pm at Seaworks, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown.


Goya Dmytryshchak