Preps under way for the upcoming Puawai Festival

It’s an exciting time for all of us here at PWI with preparations underway for World AIDS Awareness Week in the run-up to December 1st (World AIDS Day). This is the very first time that a collective effort is being put in by three organisations – Positive Women Inc, New Zealand AIDS Foundation and Body Positive – to fully commemorate and celebrate the occasion.

A series of events will take place, marking signature offerings of all three organisations, giving the city of Auckland a week to remember and reflect upon. We are extremely fortunate to have the input and direction of theatre production superstar Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho, a curator of all the magic that happens onstage. Events will include a panel discussion to rediscover positive histories for future generations, spoken word workshops and performance pieces, cabaret evenings and some wicked after hours’ fun.

For its part, PWI will be hosting female-centred events at the Garnett Station Cafe in Westmere, Auckland from Wednesday, November 29 to December 2 this year. This super cute and comfy cafe is also  home to a mini theatre, which is where we will be having our spoken word workshops and more. Based on the idea of a liberated, strong female voice these workshops will incorporate elements of spoken word poetry, vocal training and monologue expression. Participants can expect some serious reflection into what makes us women so multi-faceted, complex and beautifully human – they can also expect complete freedom to express and rejoice their femininity through the vocal medium. These workshops will take place in the mornings with the evenings being reserved for powerful performances by talented female actresses who will be interpreting the stories of three remarkable women whose lives have been touched by HIV in some way. These events are open to all women of all orientations. 

Stay tuned for more more updates as we tick off boxes in our scheduling calendar. It’s going to be one heck of a week for every organisation and we can’t wait to see all of you there!

(Pictured left: The Garnett Station Cafe)

(Pictured right: Our programme coordinator with Borni and Marc, coordinator for production)