Pacific culture showcased at day-long event

The culture of the South Pacific comes north for a music and dance festival

The culture of the South Pacific comes north for a music and dance festival this weekend.

The One Wave Festival, put on by the Pacific Peoples Partnership, features dance by the Pearls of the South Pacific, Lilia’s Polynesian Dance School and the Esquimalt Nation, as well as reggae and island-inspired tunes by the Warless Pacific Northwest band, and plenty of others.

The goal of the event is to promote Pacific culture and increase awareness of fragile Pacific ecosystems.

Free performances happen at Centennial Square on Saturday (Sept. 17) at noon and run until 4 p.m. Next, there are night performances at Lucky Bar from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10, available at Lyle’s Place, Alcheringa Gallery and at the door. Then, Baja Surf Grill hosts a DJ’d afterparty from 1:30 to 5 a.m. Tickets are also $10, at the door.

For more information on the Pacific Peoples Partnership, please go to www.pacificpeoplespartnership.org.