Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands, is holding their very first ukulele festival in March 2019, and we have received an invitation for Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society members to attend.
The Golden Ukalele Festival will feature unique Pacific and International Ukalele Rhythms.
The 15 islands of the Cooks are located in the heart of the Pacific, halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. An oasis of freedom with crystal blue waters, white sandy beaches, warm weather all year round and authentic, friendly locals. Under 30 minutes from plane to any beach, it’s so easy to do as much or as little as you like in the Cook Islands. Rarotonga is ringed by boutique hotels, resorts, restaurants, gift shops, galleries, coffee spots and convenience stores. This is a great opportunity to experience the Kia Orana spirit and discover this piece of paradise.
Not only do the Cook Islands spell Ukalele differently, their ukulele also have a modified shape. Rather than a miniaturised version of the guitar, theirs is a distinctive pacific island instrument, shaped around the coconut shell, which also forms the base of the Cook Islands ukalele. These ukalele also have a higher tone which epitomises the capella style of traditional Cook Islands music and chants. Read more about the Cook Island ukalele culture on their festival website. http://www.goldenukalelefestival.com/index.php/location/cook-islands/
The Golden Ukalele Festival is scheduled for March of 2019, Saturday 16th to Thursday 21st. There are lots of activities over the six days including an Expo, a Parade and Concert. Join with other ukulele players attending church services around Rarotonga, and the Golden Ukalele Award night, where every ukulele player will be part of the nights ukulele orchestra – sure to be the highlight of weeks festival!
When you register for your festival pass you’ll receive-
- Transfers: Airport meet and greet as well as transfers to and from your accommodation. Transport also provided for Sunday church service.
- Festival Pack: Your official Festival programme, concert event entry tickets as well as meal vouchers.
- Goodies: A local pareu (sarong), T-shirt, commemorative pearl shell carving, music sheets.
We are looking for expressions of interest from BUMS who are keen to travel to the Cook Islands and participate in the Golden Ukulele Festival. If that’s you please contact our Events coordinator Geoff Dancer via . All travel costs are the participants own.
‘Kia orana’ is how the Cook Islanders say ‘hello’, and ‘Kia manuia’ is how they say ‘good bye’.