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Tonga’s National Day Shanghai 2010

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03 August, 2010.

Tonga's Commissioner General and Director of Tourism, Sakopo Lolohea is travelling with a team consisting of 20 cultural performers and singers to perform at the Shanghai World Expo on August 2, Tonga's National Day.

The dance troupe is excited to share our culture and share this with an audience of millions. We are especially honoured that HRH Princess Salote Pilolevu Tuita will be the Guest of Honour for our National Day. It is a great opportunity in every aspect,' says Commissioner General Sakopo Lolohea.

The 20 strong dance troupe comprises of performers selected after a national audition. A dress rehearsal was held on 26 July at the Loumaile Lodge.

‘I am really proud to represent Tonga at such an event. This will be my first time touring but we have practiced for months and are ready for this world stage,' said 19 year old Sione Kula who was selected from the Ma'ufanga Tokaikolo Youth Group.

The dance troupe under the supervision of Tonga Visitors Bureau's Mr. Cotton Siale and Niulala Helu of ‘Atenisi Foundation of Performing Arts, will dance at the Pacific Pavilion which houses the 14 Pacific Island countries' booths and at other venues at the World Expo.

‘I am truly humbled to be the national representative of our tau'olunga. It is an honour to share our national dances with the rest of the world and I feel a great responsibility to promote Tonga as best as we can,' said the 2010 Miss Tau'olunga, Mele'ana Taulahi who is a member of this dance troupe.

The group departed on 27 July. Whilst in transit in Nadi, they performed a few items to the delight of guests at the Gateway Raffles Hotel.

The World Expo 2010 Shanghai China's theme is "Better City, Better Life" and runs from 1 May to 31 October. It expects to welcome over 70 million visitors.

For more information contact:
Monalisa V. Palu
Official Media Representative (Tonga) Shanghai World Expo 2010
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