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Experience Fijian culture without leaving Brisbane
On the eve of Mother's Day, a cultural event to celebrate Fijian women will be launched in Brisbane. The inaugural event titled "Marama" (meaning "lady" or "woman" in the Fijian language) is being organised by Matana, a Brisbane-based group that promotes Fijian culture through song and dance.
Marama inaugural event to highlight Fijian women. Image by Emele Tuinona.
Event manager, Emele Tuinona, said the program promises to showcase some spectacular traditional dances, inspirational panellists, a small business market area for last-minute Mother's Day gifts, and brunch. The panellists will include Brittany Hazelman (Miss World Fiji 2015), Heilala Tabete (Brisbane-based lawyer), Simone Nalatu (PhD in Public Health, Queensland Under 19s team and assistant coach to the Queensland Fusion netball team), and Rosi Tela (public health worker and mother of three sons, professional football players).
Despite the focus on Fijian women, it is an opportunity for others to learn more about one of Brisbane's minority ethnic groups and to appreciate our city's cultural diversity.
Fijian songs and dances are part of the entertainment for "Marama". Photo by Tay Qoro.