Every 4 years, the Marquesan Festival for the Arts involves a vibrant celebration of the heart and culture of the archipelago. In December 2015, delegations arrived on the island of Ua Pou from all over the Marquesas as well as from Tahiti to engage in a “return to the source,” the theme for this 10th edition.
La danse de l’oiseau, avec celle du cochon et le haka, est la plus connue et pratiquée.
“Traditions and stories from each island are performed.”
On the Upeke site before entering the performance space: a moment of calm and necessary moment of concentration
Each dancer, each warrior wears a necklace made out of pig, goat or beef bones collected after a hunt. For Marquesans, it is very important to wear a necklace as it represents the power of the Toa, or warrior.
Groups follow one after the other with the powerful sounds of the pahu drum accompanied by women singing: Fatuiva, Tahuata, Nuku Hiva and even Rikitea. Traditions and stories from each island are performed.
The festival is the moment during which Marquesans share their culture. Each island gets ready to perform and all the inhabitants are involved: elders, parents, children…