About

We are the New Zealand Asia Association (NZAA) Incorporated, presenters of the biennial Viva Eclectika Intercultural Music and Dance performance. We are honoured to have The Late Right Reverend Sir Paul Reeves as our Patron.

The Viva Eclectika Event

“When we dance together, we are not able to fight with one another”. Traditionally ethnic dancers present their culture to the community as showcase of a single culture. The concept of Viva Eclectika is to take this one step further by showcasing fusion performances where dancers from two or more diverse cultures bring together elements of both into a single dance. In doing this, the Viva Eclectika event not only bridges understanding between ethnic communities and the mainstream, but also between individual communities.

Viva Eclectika showcases the Art and Language of Intercultural Friendship

Viva = Vibrance and Vitality.  ‘Eclectika’ is coined from the word ‘eclectic’

Viva Eclectika involves choosing the best of different ideas and weaving them into a new and creative whole. It is purposefully intercultural.

The Aims of the Viva Eclectika event are:

  • To promote unity, goodwill and understanding, and to nurture positive race relations in the general community of New Zealand through intercultural dance and music.
  • To enrich the New Zealand-Asian cultural experience through a fusion of Asian dance and music with New Zealand’s diverse cultures.

The New Zealand Asia Association has been presenting this event biennially for over 10 years and has had fantastic feedback for each of the performances. Following the 2013 event Dame Susan Devoy, Race Relations Commissioner said:

“…. this event is unique in that it brings different cultures together through music and dance. The thought and preparation required into producing an item that reflects both or all cultures is truly inspiring…”

We were also honoured to be one of the 12 recipients of the 2014 New Zealand Diversity Action Award presented by the Governor-General, Lt Gen Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae. The award is in recognition of NZAA’s outstanding contribution to diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand.