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French Polynesian Festival, 2012

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Tahitian Women on the Beach by Paul Gauguin, 1891, Photo: Wikipedia

Looking for a tropical destination for your next holiday? Hoping to experience a new culture and see the beauty that attracted French artist Paul Gauguin to Tahiti, as well as countless honeymooners? Or considering forming links with Polynesian businesses? Then mark your diaries for the inaugural French Polynesian Festival at historic Como House, South Yarra from the 25th to 28th October 2012.

Hosted by N&C Pacifique and N&C the French Touch, the festival will feature a Polynesian village in the grounds of Como House comprising stalls with products and services by over thirty Tahitian organizations. All things related to French Polynesia will be promoted during this festival - from traditional arts and crafts to music, dance and food. You can learn about new tourist destinations and attractions and major sporting events like the Moorea Marathon and the Tahiti Pearl Regatta.

Photo: Claudine Laugrost

There will be performances by award-winning dance and musical troupe, O Tahiti E and demonstrations of unique arts and crafts like monoi making (perfume oil); pareu wearing; wood and mother-of-pearl carving, tattoo art, and shell jewellery making.

You can also view a photographic exhibition by La Maison de la Culture (Polynesian Ministry of Culture).

Photo: Claudine Laugrost

Purchase meals from an international food court and try some delicacies typical of the Islands such as Tahitian raw fish with lemon and coconut or dishes using French Polynesian vanilla.

Attendees of the festival will have a chance to win prizes including a trip to Bora Bora; black Tahitian pearls and Tahitian crafts and jewellery.

Photo: Claudine Laugrost


In addition to this four-day festival, special evening events will take place but please refer to the website for bookings and specific details:

Tuesday 23rd October: Mini Dance Show at Federation Square.

Thursday 25th October: Film night. Documentary and short film screenings at Capitol Theatre, Melbourne (free event).

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October: O Tahiti E dance show and Polynesian fashion parade at Function on Chapel, Prahran (ticketed event).

Tuesday 30th October: Diner dance show with O Tahiti E and fashion parade on the theme of Tahiti in the past, at Leonda by the Yarra, Hawthorn (ticketed event).
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Why? Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of French Polynesia
When: Thursday 25th October - Sunday 28th October, 2012
Where: Como House and Gardens, Cnr Williams Rd & Lechlade Avenue, South Yarra
Cost: Free and paid evening events
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