More than 2,000 students to perform at Samoa 2019 Opening Ceremony
Apia, SAMOA — More than 2,000 students are expected to perform in the Opening Ceremony of the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games today as organizers seek to showcase the country's culture.
Local officials have worked to develop an Opening Ceremony around the Games slogan "One in Spirit".
Students from 16 secondary schools will help to depict the legend of Leatiogie and his blind father Fe’epo during the Ceremony, along with the traditional game of Aigofie.
The legend was selected as the concept at the annual Samoa Ne'i Galo festival last year, with the story’s narrative aimed at calling for unity and one spirit to address challenges.
"The story portrays the spirit of blessings," said Papali’i Peone Fuimaono Solomona, Samoa 2019 assistant chief executive.
"The legend tells of how a son sought the blessing of his father before leaving for battle.
"It portrays many parts of our Samoan identity and spirituality, our ancient warrior spirit and the importance of being blessed before we set forth to fight and conquer."
The shows include large props designed in Samoa and manufactured in China.