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Teaching and promoting the fire-knife dance, Samoa

The Ailao Club provided fire-knife dance workshops in Savaii, which was a great success not only for the youths in the village who participated, but also for the young leaders who led the workshops.

The workshops gave the Club members who have grown up in the relative affluene of Apia an appreciation of just how tough life in the villages is and how hard it is for the kids there to gain any opportunities to develop their talents.

One of the young members of the Ailao Club, timoelu comes from Savaii himself. He was a participant at a workshop in Faga on the east coast of Savaii conducted by the club in 2004. He was so inspired by that experience that he came to Apia and joined the Club. In September 2006, he was runner up in the junior competition of the Samoa Siva Afi Competition. He now performs reuglarly in Apia and through his earnings is contributing financially to his family. He is 15 years old and can barely read and write.

For the future, the Ailao Club would like to be able to conduct more workshops in remote villages, not only in Savaii but also in Upolu. Maintaining what they have started inSavaii is also a focus for the Club and the members are now loking at a way to bring some of the participants of the workshops to Apia for the programme of "train the trainer", where the villages can have their own on-going workshops conducted by their own youth.

The activities of this project included:

  • Organising 4 fire-knife dance workshops for a total of 200 youth in 4 villages in Savai'i with the young members of the Ailao Club taking the lead in running the workshops;
  • Holding a performance featuring the workshop participants in each village.

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This page last updated: 6 March 2008