“Talented Youth are a Successful Youth” (Talavou Talenia, Talavou Manuia) is the theme for this year’s Samoa’s Talavou Festival.
According to the General Manager of TV3, Verona Parker, the event is an exhibition for youth ages 12 to 35 years old.
This is an opportunity for young people over the last week of the school term to connect with each other through a display of talent in whatever form,” she said.
“[And] be able to find the positive fulfillment and inspiration in these gifts without the influence of alcohol, drugs or violence which our young people are becoming more and more vulnerable to.
“The Talavou Talent Quest will register and feature the talented in the following category to go through auditions to select the top candidates to go through the elimination round and eventually the finals that will be conducted during the week of the Talavou Fest.
“Auditions have taken place for the Talavou Solo & Duet Category (auditions were held Sat, 11th June), Traditional Dance & Variety Category (auditions were held 18th June), with individuals and groups selected from close to fifty that have registered.
“All activities lined up for the Talavou Fest will be conducted at Pesega Hall from Tuesday June 21, to Saturday, June 25, 2016.”
Here are the Categories and the program for the event”
Some of the event highlights are as follows:
• Talavou Talent Quest.
• Performances by Teen Musicians, Singers and Bands, Interactive Sports and Gaming activities.
• 5 different areas to explore – Life & Education, What’s Cool, Fashion & Beauty, Technology & Gaming and Health & Wellness.
• Dance performers on the main stage.
• Special Guests.
• Prizes and SO MUCH MORE!
Talavou Solo Elimination Round-Thursday 23rd June, 2016, 6.30pm at Pesega Hall
• Joshua Matuu
• Anthony Alaalatoa
• Tagiilima Fiti
• Tepatasi Sioasi
• Rhonda Anderson
• Emani Leilua
• Moliaavalua Maliko
• Seravation Silva
• Tufosa Esene
• Sam Choo Koon
Talavou Duet Elimination round –Thursday 23rd June, 2016, 6.30pm at Pesega Hall
• Lauina & Tagiilima
• Tepatasi & Prime
• Maanaima & Emma
• Tufosa & Anthony
• Agaalofa & Agalelei
Talavou Traditional Dance Groups Elimination Round –Friday 24th June, 2016, 6.30pm at Pesega Hall
• Supa Samoa
• Tamaitai Samoa
• Teine Molilaauifogaa
Talavou Variety Elimination Round –Friday 24th June, 2016, 6.30pm at Pesega Hall
• Le aiga
• St Josephs Saint
• Young Dancers
• Sporting Activities – Saturday 25th June, 2016, 9am-3pm at Pesega Compound
• Egg Race
• Sack Race
• Tug of War-
FINALS Talavou Talent Quest (Solo, Duet, Traditional Dance, Variety) –Saturday 25th June, 2016, 6.30pm at Pesega Compound
• Special Guests
• Samoa Teachers College Dance Group
• Yvonne Nikolao –Samoan Idol 2015 (Launch of new album ‘It’s your love’)
• Romeo Sabbath – Young Stars Winner/Star Search Winner
• More Performances from young aspiring singers
Celebration of Talent, Life and Youth is given an incentive to aspire to greater things through Samoa’s Talavou Fest 2016. This year TV3 in collaboration with the business community is offering the following prizes:
Recording Contracts for Solo & Duet Winners,
Trip to the 2017 Polyfest in Auckland, New Zealand for the Traditional Dance Winners,
Trip and Tickets to Watch Selena Gomez Auckland Concert in September 2016.
Samoa’s Talavou Fest 2016 will be an annual program. A Talavou TV Show will be launched following this years’ event to be screened on TV3 for 30 minutes each week to be produced by the youth for the youth.