The evening went really well with all nine artists, our fellow seariders, friends and supporters present along with a couple of hundred guests. Oh yeah … there was some bloody nice work there too.
A real highlight of the opening ceremony was a Tongan dance troupe performed two stunning examples of contemporary Tongan dance. I have loaded up a rough video of the performances. The dancers are: Ofa Prescott-Tuionetoa, Ruha Fifita and Nisyola Fifita. In the background is one of Robin Whites stunning Tapas. Please excuse some shaky moments in the video – I was enjoying the show too much to concentrate on the camera – sometimes you have to put enjoying the moment ahead of recording it!
The exhibition is open in Tauranga until Sunday 5 February 2012 then moves to Auckland.