23rd August 2012
“Unleash the Fire”
Telesa Trilogy Celebration
The success of the Telesa Trilogy continues to grow and its helping to fuel the creative fire of other Pacific artists
and entrepeneurs. This Saturday 25th August sees the launching of the first contemporary Samoan woman’s magazine - SUGA
magazine - with its special TELESA edition as well as the launch of gifted photographer Jordan Kwan’s ‘Sexy Samoan Men’
calendar. It’s all happening at Otara Market at the ‘Telesa Trilogy Celebration’, organized by Shop Samoa with the
theme, “Unleash the Fire.”
According to Rasmus Pereira of Shop Samoa, “Our goal is to showcase a variety of Pacific talent with a fun day out for
the whole family.”
It’s going to be a day that celebrates literature. Telesa author Lani Wendt Young will be on site to answer questions
from fans and sign copies of her books. She said, “One of the exciting things about the Telesa writing journey, has been
the opportunity to work with and be inspired by Pacific artists like Jordan Kwan and the SUGA magazine team. I’m
thrilled we can come together to help launch their work.”
Lani will be joined by Filipo Sio, the author of the inspirational book, ‘The Samoan Who Said Yes’ who will also be
signing books for readers. The event will feature performances from the dynamic South Auckland Poet’s Collective
including vibrant Tongan poet and blogger, Maryanne Pale.
The fiery Tatau Dance group will perform and there will be music from the acclaimed duo, Taufau Gardenia Aukuso & To’afa Te’o Ataata, and from the reggae/hip hop band, Higher Ground.
Those who have read ‘When Water Burns’ will know that fashion design plays a key part in the story. Not surprisingly
then, there will be a fashion show in the Otara program with creations from the heralded Samoan design label MENA and a
selection from Paula Chan Designs. Plantation House Samoa will also be there selling items from their distinctive
Pacific accessories collection.
Otara Market is a place at the heart of Pacific identity in Auckland. And this weekend, it will be a heart which burns
with Telesa Trilogy fire!
“Unleash the Fire” will be held on Saturday 25 August at the Otara Flea Market, Otara in Auckland from 9-12pm.