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Heiva i Bora Bora Festival 2024

The Heiva festival is one of the most fun ways to experience the culture of Bora Bora

Dates: June 21–July 28, 2024

Heiva i Bora Bora Festival
Heiva i Bora Bora Festival
Heiva i Bora Bora Festival
Heiva i Bora Bora Festival
Heiva i Bora Bora Festival

Heiva i Bora Bora, an annual cultural extravaganza in Polynesia, offers a unique and exclusive glimpse into the vibrant traditions of the region. Held against the stunning backdrop of Bora Bora's sandy shores, this event is more than just a festival; it's a testament to the rich heritage and spirit of the Polynesian people. This celebration of music, dance, song, and craft with traditional sports competitions promises an unbeatable experience with a vivid and exciting atmosphere. The traditional drums, costumes, dancing on the sand, and much more make it the best place to experience Bora Bora's festive culture.

The Dance Showcase

At the heart of Heiva i Bora Bora lies the mesmerizing Otea, a dance spectacle that encapsulates the essence of Polynesian culture. During the festival, participating groups showcase their talents in two distinct performances: the presentation night and the competition night. The former serves as a rehearsal of sorts, allowing groups to fine-tune their routines before the main event.

On competition night, a panel of judges evaluates various elements of the Otea, including Arofa (greetings), Pa'o'a (rhythmic clapping), Hivinau (orchestra coordination), Aparima amui (lyrical dance), and Otea amui (percussive dance). Each performance is meticulously crafted around a chosen theme, revealed by the organizing committee in February but kept under wraps until the day of the presentation. Adherence to the theme adds depth to the performances and influences the judges' scoring, making for a thrilling and culturally enriching experience for both participants and spectators alike.

Live Music

Competition is all about live music that accompanies singers and dancers. Here you can witness orchestras with traditional instruments like a nasal flute—vivo.

Dates and Venue

A month-long celebration of Polynesian customs and artistry is scheduled to take place from June 21 to July 28. The heart of the event beats in Vaitape, Bora Bora's capital, specifically at Place Tu Vavau, where the main square transforms into a stage for cultural performances and competitions. It's an opportunity not only to witness the beauty of Polynesian traditions but also to immerse oneself in the lively atmosphere that permeates the island during this festive period.

Tickets and Seating

For those eager to experience the magic of Heiva i Bora Bora up close, purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. The shows typically kick off at 8 pm, starting with the enchanting strains of traditional Himene songs, followed by captivating dance performances at 9 pm. Securing your seats ensures an uninterrupted view of the cultural spectacle unfolding. Tickets can be acquired from the Heiva office, near the pier, or directly on-site in the evening. Visitors staying in Bora Bora hotels can also arrange ticket purchases through their concierge, complete with transfers for added convenience.

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