Bula vinaka, na yacaqu Lîm Fawine Kado.
I am a multidisciplinary artist, the associate director of The Performance Arcade 2024 and a producer for the Pacific Sisters at the upcoming 2024 Biennale of Sydney. My practice revolves around how the mana of Indigenous arts and culture is rejuvenated and experienced in contemporary spaces, through living descendants and creative practitioners of today. By sharing stories and knowledge within the context of cultures denied space within a colonial society that encourages monoculturalism, I curate microcosms that connect Te Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa and Te Moana-Nui-a-Inia whakapapa.
Kia ora and thank you for introducing yourself Lîm! Can you tell us about your background, the place you come from, the people you come from, and anything else you'd like to share?
My whānau, kāinga, vuvale - we come from and connect across Te Moana-a-Kiwa and Te Moana-Nui-a-Inia. As both an Indigenous and migrant arts practitioner, who and where I come from are the driving forces behind what I do.
As both an Indigenous and Migrant arts practitioner, who and where I come from are the driving forces behind what I do.
In one or two sentences, can you tell us about your role in PA 2024? How are you facilitating this festival into being?
In addition to general associate director duties, my role this year sought to begin kōrero around the future of the Arcade. I specifically wanted to increase the presence of toi Māori and Moana Arts for the 2024 season. This involved inviting a rōpū of Artists who aligned with the kaupapa in addition to the existing Mana Whenua arts practitioners.
How do you see/imagine/dream the festival interacting with Te Whanganui-a-Tara, the waterfront, the harbour, and the sky in 2024?
I see the festival representing the many communities within Te Whanganui-a-Tara, calling for those living further out in the rohe to come play at our small 'container city'. I dream that people considering a career in the arts see that it is possible and feel encouraged to pave that path for themselves.
How about the people... Who is this festival for?
The Performance Arcade is for everyone! Sam Trubridge, our Founder, created this event to connect the people of the city to Live Art from Aotearoa and around the world.
What is performance art? In three words!
Sometimes, it's 'weird'.
Sometimes, it's 'weird'.
Tell us about the theme for PA2024; where did it come from, what is it moving toward?
Mātiro Whakamua, gifted by Artist Charles Koroneho, speaks to the kaupapa and direction that the 2024 Performance Arcade seeks to embrace. This year’s series of international and Indigenous artists highlight works that explore the space, wā and vā between the individual and community, challenge existing paradigms, and bring forth a renewed sense of purpose and inclusivity.
If PA2024 could make one change to our current horizon line, temporal, spatial, spiritual, what would it be?
We currently live in a world that prioritises the majority. PA2024 wants to reimagine and create an environment that fosters reflection and dialogue, seeking to inspire change and contribute to an artistic landscape that values the wellbeing of the collective.
PA2024 wants to reimagine and create an environment that fosters reflection and dialogue, seeking to inspire change and contribute to an artistic landscape that values the wellbeing of the collective.
The Performance Arcade welcomes Lîm Fawine Kado to the team in 2024! To view the programme they have curated in conjunction with Director Sam Trubridge, see: https://www.theperformancearcade.com/2024-programme