The power of Māori + Pasifika literature roaring to theatrical life.
The world of Oceania is not small. From the energetic volcanoes of O’ahu to the southern reaches of Aotearoa, she is borderless and vast – and growing bigger by the day. After decades of dismissal and disconnection, her children are closer than ever. It’s time for a reunion. UPU brings the wealth and power of Pacific literature to roaring theatrical life. Curated by award-winning poet Grace Iwashita-Taylor and led by powerhouse director Fasitua Amosa, UPU gives the stage to Oceania’s most electrifying poetry. Tusiata Avia, Audrey Brown-Pereira, Karlo Mila, Albert Wendt and more: UPU is for the trailblazers, the icons and the new writers transforming Aotearoa today.
‘This show is pure oratory and storytelling at its finest’
Following a knock-out Silo Theatre’s season at the Auckland Arts Festival last year, UPU joins the Kia Mau Festival 2021 with an all-star line-up of leading Māori and Pasifika performers, including Maiava Nathaniel Lees, reviving the words of our literary legends and bellowing out the proclamations and provocations of the next game changing generation. Kia Mau Festival is proud to partner with the UPU Collective and the Wellington Premiere Season of UPU.