Meke UK

Join us to participate in The Bula Festival UK 2022 through traditional Fijian dance.

 
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What is Meke UK?

Meke UK is a campaign designed to reach Fijians in the UK, allowing them the opportunity to participate in the form of dance (meke) or chants at The Bula Festival UK 2022. The performance is to occur on Saturday 6th, August in Aldershot and is FREE for any Fijian willing to get involved.

Meke UK will engage 100 performers, 50 males and 50 females who will take part in the main performance. In addition to this, chanters as well as tech and audio-visual specialists from within the Fijian community will also be engaged to support the implementation of the project. Performers will be encouraged to participate with other family members to encourage a space for intergenerational learning for Fijians in the UK.

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The Lead Up

What's the plan for the participants of Meke UK?

The project will include aspects such as a period of online Meke rehearsals, and online information sessions that relate to traditional Fijian cultural practices around Meke. The information sessions will be resourced by subject matter experts.

Additionally, a key part of the project is the Meke Bootcamp, which will include daily in-person rehearsals with the Daunivucu in Wiltshire. Wiltshire has been selected due to the high concentration of Fijians in the county. Meke Bootcamp is aimed to coincide with the summer school break where young people, parents and carers will be available to attend. In addition to the in-person rehearsals with the Daunivucu, the Meke Bootcamp will also involve workshops for performers on preparing traditional costumes and props for Meke.

Through the Meke UK project, participants will be able to engage with oral traditional practices, where the history and story of a community is recorded and performed through Meke. Participants will also be able to engage in the project by the learning and singing of the lyrics. In this way they will be able to interact with culture through the use of the Fijian language. While Meke is the central component of this project, the rituals and practices that are involved outside of the performance itself also offer greater opportunity for participants to engage with aspects of the Fijian culture. These include: learning about the role of the Daunivucu, the different types of Meke that exist, the practice of iSevu ni Meke, the different types of iSulu ni Meke, as well as principles like Solesolevkai and its relation to the Fijian way of life.

Image Source: VOU Dance Company

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If you'd like to sign up and participate with us, click the button below!

 

Meet the Meke UK Working Group

Here are the people involved in making this campaign a success!

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Filomena Tuivanualevu

Project Lead & MAUK Trustee

With us since our founding, Jordan Parker is one of our veteran team members. They bring their years of experience and skills to the forefront in helping our organization grow and succeed.

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Taylor Quill

Director of Communications

Taylor Quill joined Marama Alliance UK with the vision and drive to improve upon our Women Empowerment Non-Profit Organization, and focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity.

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Kris Ward

President

Experienced, trustworthy, fun. These are just a few of the ways coworkers describe this invaluable member of our team. Kris Ward is truly a joy to be around and makes it a pleasure to come to work every single day.

Smiling Businessman

Kris Ward

President

Experienced, trustworthy, fun. These are just a few of the ways coworkers describe this invaluable member of our team. Kris Ward is truly a joy to be around and makes it a pleasure to come to work every single day.

Smiling Businessman

Kris Ward

President

Experienced, trustworthy, fun. These are just a few of the ways coworkers describe this invaluable member of our team. Kris Ward is truly a joy to be around and makes it a pleasure to come to work every single day.

 

For further information, contact the anyone within the Working Group or email us on contact@maramaalliance.com. We're looking forward to working with you!