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In this series, we will hear from young local performers as they explore how they express their cultural identities through creative performance – from traditional songs to original compositions.

This series has been made possible with the support from the Dunedin City Council Creative Communities Scheme and New Zealand on Air.

1 – Hermione Hai
2 – Keira Wallace
3 – Soana Pole
4 – Thanuja Luxmanan
5 – Poppy Mitchell

Hermione Hai

Released 8 October 2020

Unique Ōtepoti is celebrating expression of culture through music and performance. First up, we hear from Hermione Hai who is performing a few instrumental pieces on the Guzheng.

Keira Wallace

Released 15 October 2020

This week on Unique Ōtepoti we hear from Keira Wallace. In this video, she performs and talks about the story behind her orginal song ‘Sunflower’ and describes how her personal experiences and family influence her culture.

Soana Pole

Released 22 October 2020

Up next on Unique Ōtepoti we hear from Soana Pole and Leah Faitonu about their experiences expressing their Tongan and Samoan cultures. In this video they perform a Tongan song called ‘Katinia’.