Travel and Tours
|April 14, 2014|
Tahiti and Her Islands Inspires Visitors With Exciting Year-Round Events
|Tahiti and her islands, the French Polynesian paradise situated in the southeast Pacific Ocean and spread over five large archipelagos, is gearing up to host a number of exciting events throughout 2014.|
The events present an opportunity for visitors to experience the vibrant Tahitian culture and join the locals in a celebratory festival atmosphere, ranging from competitive water sports, to art and cultural events, and even The World Pétanque Championships 2014.
Spectators and competitors alike will be welcomed with typical warm and friendly Tahitian hospitality and have the opportunity to immerse within the culture and history of the destination, away from the traditional tourist track. With both modern and historic events, Tahiti and her islands has something to offer visitors of all tastes, set against the picturesque backdrop of turquoise lagoons and white sands.
A sample of the diverse events taking place this year include:
Festival du Graffiti
10-11 May 2014
Tahiti and her islands will serve as a canvas to the first ever international graffiti contest this year, taking place in May. Set to attract over 40 graffiti artists from across the globe, the competition named the 'ONO'U' battle is open to any spray-can artist aged between 18 and 38 years old. The event aims to bring lesser-known graffiti artists to the forefront of the international art scene and harness the art's buzzing underground energy in the inspiring surroundings.
Tahiti Fashion Week
Indulge a passion for fashion far removed from the usual city landscape of Paris or Milan during Tahiti's Fashion Week. This three day event in partnership with local fashion experts, showcases tropical Tahitian fashion and trends.
Heiva i Tahiti
3-19 July 2014
Taking place in Papeete, the capital of Tahiti, Heiva i Tahiti celebrates traditional Tahitian music, dance and song. Local and international dance troops compete to win many coveted prizes, presented during an awards ceremony. Live music and traditional songs accompany the dancing, and there is also a singing competition including a cappella in "reo ma'ohi" (Polynesian language). One of the most exciting elements for spectators is the traditional sports segment. Based on ancient athletic activities, the event includes a stone lifting competition, a javelin- throwing event, outrigger canoe races and a fruit carrying competition. Popular with the locals, the festival has become a symbol of Polynesian heritage and a great chance to interact with local people whilst learning the sacred Tahitian past-times.
Billabong Pro Surfing Competition
9-26 August 2014
Heading to Tahiti again this year, 48 of the world's best competitive surfers will take to the sparkling blue waters surrounding Teahupo'o, south east of Tahiti for one of twelve stops on the Billabong World Championship Tour, providing a breathtaking action-packed competition.
"Championnat du monde de Pétanque" (The World Pétanque Championships 2014)
23-26 October 2014
An annual competition organised by the International Pétanque Federation of Pétanque and Provençal Game (FIPJP), which first took place in 1959. This year, 192 players and 96 sports supervisors representing 48 nations, including the UK, will descend on Tahiti and her islands to battle it out for the Pétanque crown in the 47th edition of the Championships.
Hawaiki Nui Va'a International Canoe Race
7-5 November 2014
A major competitive event in Polynesia, the outrigger canoe race takes place every year in the Leeward Islands, and teams from all over the globe travel to Tahiti and her islands to take part. The race begins in Huahine and progresses through Raiatea and Tahaa before moving onto Bora Bora and ending on the beach of Matira. Over a hundred traditional canoes take part, travelling 1,130km in total and creating an unmissable sporting spectacle.