The Friendly Islands Tongan Festival held in Utah recently celebrated their 20th year of running the festival. Dedicated to celebrating the Tongan culture, and run/organised by the NTAS (National Tongan American Society), the festival included some of Tonga's best live entertainment, cultural entertainment, food, art and traditional Tongan handicrafts.
The festival was held at Jordan Park, in Salt Lake City, Utah, from August 11th-13th. After visiting Port Wine and seeing the local handicrafts all made in Vava'u, the NTAS invited Port Wine to travel to Utah and show off all of the traditional handicrafts at the festival. Port Wine owner Salote Tuiniua travelled to Utah; looking to show the local community all the differing types of handicrafts; including how they were made and their cultural significance.
The event was a great success; with the local Utah community getting the opportunity to check out some of Tonga's best handicrafts; and learn more about the culture behind it. The festival included live entertainment from varying traditional Tongan dance groups; including a performance by drums of the islands, an ukulele jam session, and a Kava ceremony.
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