Thank you to everyone who came to First Fridays August!
Reflecting on our incredible relaunch of First Fridays held in our new Tautai Gallery space for the first time amongst our current Moana Legacy exhibition.
“First Fridays is where we share our own stories, sing our own songs and imagine our own futures!”
– Courtney Sina Meredith, Tautai Director
First Fridays is a once a month community event hosted by Tautai. After its debut in 2019, First Fridays has attracted thousands of creatives and art-lovers across Aotearoa and Australia. Our August event was the first of 2020, it was a wonderful evening of talanoa and music, featuring a variety of Tamaki Makaurau based artists.
Check out the photo gallery from the night below!
The night was hosted by Teokotai Paitai. Our first guest speaker was Contemporary Practitioner of Hiapo and curator of Moana Legacy, Cora-Allan Wickliffe. Followed by an intergenerational talanoa between multi-disciplinary artist Naawie Tutugoro and her father Luc Tutugoro. Lastly, the night was closed with a performance by up-and-coming hip hop artist Diggy Dupe!
All photos by Isoa Kavakimotu
For further information please email us Tautai.org #tautai4lyfe
Join us for an evening of inter-generational talanoa and performance.
Featuring Cora-Allan Wickliffe, Naawie Tutugoro, Luc Tutugoro and Diggy Dupé.
Hosted by Teokotai Paitai
Sneak a peak at our incredible line-up for the evening!
Teokotai Paitai (MC) Arts Pasifika Lover | @taimeans1
Ta’i is 3 cups Cook Islands, a tablespoon Samoan and a shot of fine Scotch. Ta’i is born, raised, schooled, and still living in Ponsonby where his family arrived in the early 1950s. Ta’i is situated within Arts Pasifika here in Aotearoa. His background is in Performing Arts and he has woven a fine mat that embodies working alongside and for, many of his favourite artists and arts practitioners, across most genres. Tai is 53 years old, 6ft of fabulous Dad body and is the A.G.E in savage
Cora-Allan Wickliffe Multi-disciplinary artist | @coraallan.wickliffe
Cora-Allan Wickliffe is a multidisciplinary artist of Māori and Niue descent, originally from Waitakere. In recent years her practice has focused on her efforts to revive the art form of Hiapo, prior to this she completed her Masters in Visual Art and Design in Performance from AUT (2013), also receiving a AUT Postgraduate Deans award for her research. Her work is a part of major collections including The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Wallace Arts Trust.
Naawie Tutugoro Multi-dsciplinary artist | @astonishing_coco_puff
Born to a Kanak father and Anglo-Argentinian/European mother, Naawie Tutugoro is a Tāmaki Makaurau-born multi-disciplinary artist. Her practice comprises site-specific works that illuminate negotiations of place and space specific to the urban Pasifika experience. Tutugoro is currently living on Waiheke island, and has exhibited throughout Tāmaki Makaurau.
Her father Luc Tutugoro is a Kanak artist and activist.
Diggy Dupé Artist | @diggydupe
Diggy Dupé has come a long way from the teenage days of making music with his cousin ReddxRozaay, using the most basic of tools that included a Motorola phone and singstar microphone. A finalist for Best Hip Hop Act at the 2019 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards for his 2018 EP Island Time, the talented rapper is set to release his full-length debut That’s Me, That’s Team on 28 August.