The Africa Fashion Show will be held on Saturday, August 8, and will be raising funds for Parkinson’s Central Plateau. The event will showcase music, art and fashion of industry professionals from the African continent, and also in Rotorua.
Organiser Faustinah Ndlovu says the show will feature fashion designer from Africa Eubertina Chisaka, alongside Rotorua fashion designers Kharl Wi Repa and Deborah De Loree. They have designed African-inspired collections for the event.
There will be African music and 250 African outfits. Entertainment will also include professional dancer Hemvati Shah performing a classical Indian dance – Kuchipudi, Zimbabwean Takunda Muzondiwa who was a finalist at the 2019 annual national Race Unity Speech Competition, the Rotorua African Drumming Group, and ahead balancing demonstration by Faustinah.
“I think it’s something different. Now we’ve got designers involved, whereas for Africa Day celebrations it was a collection from myself, my son and some of the African community. It’s really exciting.” Faustinah is a contestant in this year’s Miss Rotorua pageant, and as part of that journey, she is also raising funds for Parkinson’s Central Plateau.
She says it is excellent to support the work Parkinson’s New Zealand does and to contribute to keeping the services going which they provide for people living with Parkinson’s and their families. Rotorua Multicultural Council president Margriet Theron says this event is part of a project the council calls CATCH – Cultural awareness to create harmony.
Designer and Miss Rotorua Foundation chairman Kharl WiRepa say this is an excellent opportunity for Te Arwa to learn about another iwi. “Faustinah, our contestant, is from the iwi of Shona in Zimbabwe. “I’m very proud to share our culture in our community with the manuhiri that call this place their whenua as well.”
He says Parkinson’s Central Plateau is a great group here in Rotorua because it provides support to those with the condition. Kharl says he knows several people with Parkinson’s, and it is great to be able to contribute to trying to make people’s lives a little bit easier.
Leanne Havill, Parkinson’s New Zealand community engagement advisor – central, says they are humbled and feel incredibly grateful to be the recipients of much-needed funds raised from the Africa Fashion Show organised by Faustinah.
– What: Africa Fashion Show, a fundraiser for Parkinson’s Central Plateau
– When: Saturday, August 8, 7 pm to 9.30 pm
– Where: ApumocallsMarae
– Tickets: www.eventbrite.co.nz or Envy Fashions 1265 Tutanekai St, general admission $25, VIP $35
As well as raising funds for this cause, the show is a way to celebrate still despite this year’s Africa Day celebration having to be cancelled due to COVID.