12 Jul 2019
TE MAEVA NUI | JULY 26th - AUGUST 5th, 2019
Te Maeva Nui Festival is a week-long national culture and dance event held each year to celebrate the August 4th date commemorating the day the Cook Islands became 'self-dependent' in free association with New Zealand. It is the cultural highlight of the Cook Islands events calendar for the year.
This National Event has grown over the years drawing international visitors from across the globe to Rarotonga for a week of cultural festivities and celebrations through the arts, crafts, music, song, dance and local food. Our Cook Islands people are our richest Asset. The whole Nation literally comes to a standstill as we celebrate our unique culture during Te Maeva Nui.
Preparations are in full swing for this years celebrations with dance teams around the Cook Islands practising items and making beautiful costumes with intricate detailing for their performances. There are only 2 weeks to go now till the annual float parade marking the beginning of the festivities. You can purchase tickets to the performances each night at the National Auditorium from the Ministry of Culture office in town.