On Christmas eve 2017 FAFSWAG was invited to collaborate with Iconic New Zealand musicians Neil and Liam Finn on the visuals and movement for their upcoming feature length documentary as well as a music video component that featured new music written and performed by the father and son duo. Featuring the whole Finn fanau and the whole FAFSWAG aiga. These shots are from the set of that project, captured by Pati Solomona Tyrell and Jermaine Dean.






RFL is entering into a new agreement to provide support FAFSWAG Arts Collective for their project Fa’aafa. FAFSWAG Arts Collective is an LGBTQI+ Pasifika Arts Collective based in Auckland. Their purposes include privileging indigenous cultural practice through the arts and creative industries, advocating for visibility within Pacific communities as well as institutional spaces, decolonising art practice and creating safe spaces for LGBTQI+ people of colour.


In March 2018, they will be travelling their project Fa’aafa to the Wellington Fringe Festival for four performances at Bats Theatre. Fa’aafa combines Samoan oral traditions, adornment, movement and sound. Juxtaposed against modern digital projection, Fa’aafa creates a Samoan fagogo (fable) for young urban Polynesians. It examines the spiritual realm of Samoan culture with its emphasis on the relationship between people and spaces and relationships known as Fa’aafa (Samoan concept of ‘half’).



Celebrating the launch of FAFSWAGVOGUE.COM The Interactive Documentary 2018

FAFSWAG | Activate Auckland | Auckland Art Gallery |Auckland PRIDE Festival 2018 | PIKI Films | RESN | NZonAIR


FAFSWAG Arts Collective would like to take this opportunity to convey our gratitude for all the support offered to our artist throughout the 2018 Auckland Pride Festival. There were so many highlights for us it’s hard to pinpoint them all. But after some much appreciated down time we’re able to reflect on a few key moments that were really incredible for us and deserve a special mention. Thank you to everyone that contributed to our events and various projects. Your investment has enabled our communities to have a greater access to the festival, to our artist and to their various creative endeavours.
fafswagvogue.com | The Interactive Documentary
Thanks to the amazing work of PIKI films, RESN and New Zealand on AIR, FAFSWAG launched our official interactive documentary on February the 2nd, going live on the opening eve of the PRIDE Festival. The site has since won a number of awards for it’s innovation and seen a high volume of traffic over the space of the festival. We’re really proud of this work and thankful to all who worked on the project. Special thanks to our producers Carthew Neal and Morgan Waru as well as the talented team at RESN, Gregoire Cortesi, Wade Cowin, James Moir, The production team Darryl Ward, Colleen Brennan, Jasper Powell, Tim Checkly, Dan Kircher, and our amazing cast Darren Taniue, Jaycee Tanuvasa, Akashi Fisi’inaua, Cypris Afakasi, Jermaine Dean, and Pati Solomona Tyrell. A full list of contributors can be viewed here. https://fafswagvogue.com/credits.html
Auckland Art Gallery | FAFSWAG Vogue Ball 
It was an honour for the collective to activate the spaces of the Auckland Art Gallery on the 7th of February with the official launch for our interactive documentary and FAFSWAG Vogue Ball. In 2016 we managed to host various Vogue Balls throughout the city but housing one within a civic institution like Auckland Art Gallery is most definitely a career milestone. There were over 350 people in attendance and the venue was at capacity within 10 minutes of opening the doors. This event was a huge success for us. Thank you to all the amazing people that helped to make it all possible.
Thank you to Barbara Holloway and Rose Jackson at Activate Auckland for all your coordination and logistic support. Thank you to the team at Auckland Art Gallery for hosting us, Ron Brownson, Neal Stimler, Johnny Hui, Emily Mafile’o, Iokapeta Magele-Suamasi, and Nigel Borrell. Thank you also to 818 for managing the marketing and promotion of this event.
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To artist Sione Monu, thank you for your amazing adornments. Selecta Rei you kow exactly how to sonically hold these spaces and we love working with you. MC Queen Kapussi / Akashi thank you for your skilful shepherding of audiences and hosting our guest for the evening, you are fire on the mic and a Goddess in 6 inch heels!!
Thank you especially to our community of Voguers and walkers who turned out to activate this space with your stories and your talents you are all fabulous and brave and as fangirls we adore what you bring to the floor.
Lastly: Thanks Kate Micaela for these beautiful pictures.

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Presents by FAFSWAG Arts Collective this free event was produced in partnership with Art Space for White Night as part of the Auckland Arts Festival. Thank you to Art Space Director Adnan Yildiz and the team for hosting us. Here are some pictures from the night. Shout out to our Judges Daren Milan, khaos, Manu, Tama Toa and Jaydess Nand – MC Boy in a dress and DJ Nikolai for holding it down. – Thank you to all our Voguers that came out and put it on the floor. Congrats to all those that took home grand prize. Thanks Leah for the pics x Disclaimer – Holla if you want any pics taken down – we’re Kool like that. 🙂


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Photography by Ralph Brown

“Neon” noun- Fluorescent lighting or signs using neon or another gas. The neon chapel where sins are purged. “Bootleg” adjective – A recording made, distributed, or sold illegally.

Neon Bootleg is a ceremonial water-cleansing that revisits a period of 90’s nostalgia usually off limits to my untrustworthy memories and wild imagination. Or so I thought… The truth lives somewhere between the jagged edges and neon lights, the bedsheets and the holy water. This is the unauthorised autobiography of Mistress Moe Laga, Taleni Mapu, Mother COVEN.

Check out creator Moe Laga’s interview with Sarah Murphy from Express Magazine and Basement Theatre’s Programme Director Gabrielle Vincent and FAFSWAG Co-founder Tanu Gago.

“I feel like the show is a personal journey and I get to know myself more as an artist and shut the door on things that are holding me back from becoming the best artist that I could be.”





On the occasion of ‘The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate’, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and British Council invited New Zealand artists of Pacific heritage to offer a counter-narrative to the themes of the exhibition.

Episodefive: Tanu Gago