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Pictures from festivals in Tahiti and the other archipelagoes of French Polynesia: Marquesan Art Festival and Tahitian Heiva.

Marquesan Art Festival -  Festival des arts des Marquises
Marquesan Art Festival in French Polynesia.                                                                                                        © Xavier Lancry

The Marquesan Art Festival (in French, festival des arts des îles Marquises) is a cultural event that is held periodically in the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia.  Initiated in 1986, it celebrates Polynesian and Marquesan culture, with shows and competitions: dancing, singing, sports, cooking, tattoos, and carvings. The main festival is held every four years.

Heiva festival in Tahiti
Heiva festival in Tahiti, French Polynesia.                                                            © Tatiana Salmon

Heiva (formerly Tiurai) is an annual traditional festival that takes place in July in French Polynesia. Heiva includes song and dance contests as well as sport competitions such as javelin throwing and canoe race.

Heiva dance in Tahiti
Heiva dance in Tahiti, French Polynesia.                                                              © Tatiana Salmon


See also

French Polynesia > Pictures and travelogues > Polynesian wedding
French Polynesia > Pictures and travelogues > Tahitian girl, man, and child

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