Kia Mau Festival | Moana Nui

Moana Nui is a curated digital experience of live performance from Kia Mau Festival.

Kia Mau Festival are proud to launch a brand-new platform today, to bring online audiences into the festival season in a digital venue, extending their 2021 programme beyond the physical space with Moana Nui. Providing bespoke and curated programming to connect with those who cannot be in the live, but want to participate in the 2021 Festival remotely, the technological capacity of Moana Nui has been developed in collaboration with Shift72, known for their work on the Cannes Film Festival, NZ International Film Festival, and SXSW Film Festival.

Moana Nui is a curated digital experience of live performance from Kia Mau Festival. Featuring physical theatre and visceral dance, Moana Nui streams strictly limited seasons – from the raw final rehearsal room performance as artists prepare for Opening Night, to the full glory of an in-theatre season before Wellington audiences. Cinematic soundscapes and the power of our writers are all unleashed in demand and online.

Moana Nui has several series across the next 26 days including:

  • INTERNATIONAL SERIES Filmed performances from international companies
  • HAUKAINGA SERIES Documentaries, unreleased footage, in creation filming, and previous seasons of Aotearoa work
  • KIA MAU ON DEMAND Footage from Kia Mau Festival 2021 works
  • AHI KĀ SERIES Artist interviews from Aotearoa artists

Moana Nui also features Ahi Kā, sharing profiles of artists from Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch – all from Aotearoa and Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa. Ahi Kā is a dynamic collaboration with independent Māori filmmakers from Te Ūpoko-o-te-ika-a-Māui – fusing together artists from theatre, dance, music, literature & film.

As Indigenous peoples, Māori and Pasifika are global by nature. Moana Nui has the ability to connect us. Our stories are amplified across our digital ocean – reaching across Aotearoa but also throughout Te Moana-nui-a-Kiva and the world. In 2021, the global Indigenous world is more connected than ever – Moana Nui will work to enhance this. Moana Nui is for all lovers of great art and great story. Kia Mau is very proud to be exploring this new digital space.