APIA: 27 days to the celebration of the 50th Independence anniversary, the Organising Committee co-chaired by four Cabinet Ministers put out the following tentative programme this afternoon. The confirmed and official programme should be cleared by Cabinet next Wednesday according to co chair and Minister of Internal Affairs, Toloifuavalelei Falemoe Leiataua.
Confirmed Invited guests include the King of Tonga, Governor General of New Zealand and Australia, Governor of American Samoa and other guests yet to be confirmed.
THURSDAY 31st May – Special independence service to be held at Tiafau at 4.30pm to be followed by a welcoming ava ceremony for all the guests from overseas. The Committee has allocated the ava ceremony to be performed by a village but would not name the village. The second heat of the fautasi race – the first heat being on the 30th May.
FRIDAY 1st June – By 4.30 am, all schools, brass bands and organisations will congregate behind the Tooa Salamasina hall at Savalalo before marching down to Mulinu’u. The flag raising ceremony will start at 6am with the service conducted by the Methodist President to be followed by His Highness the Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi Proclamation. The normal honorary parades from schools and organisations follows led by the Ministry of Police Brass Band.
12pm – Government will host a lunch at the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa Youth Hall for invited guests only.
At the same time, entertainment continues at Tiafau Malae with the Malofie Organisation kicking off the entertainment. The youth group from the Congregational Christian Church of Vaiala will also perform to be followed by a show by the New Zealand Navy brass band and the Perepereane Church band also from NZ.
3.30pm – Invited guests will be treated to a traditional entertainment provided by the villages of Lotofaga (Safata) Gagaemauga N. 3, Tafua and Aiga i le tai who will perform a traditional song.
7.00pm – Government will host a dinner for invited guests only at the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum at Vailima. While UB40 performs to the public at Apia Park. There will also be bazaars and handiwork display in front of the Government building at Matagialalua.
8.00pm – Blue Sky Fireworks
SATURDAY 2nd June – A float competition of 26 decorated vehicles will kick off from Vaisigano, Matautu. Business and Handicrafts displays continues.
11.00am – Sports competition – Samoan cricket competition between four teams, Upolu, Savai’i, Samoan based New Zealanders and a team from American Samoa.
King of Rugby will held at Marist Lotopa while other sports tournaments such as netball, golf, volley ball, weightlifting and Fiafia sports will be held at the Faleata Sports complex.
6.30pm – 12pm – Independence Ball at CCCS hall. Invited opera singers will entertain at the ball with the finale performed by Miss Samoa Olevia Ioane.
SUNDAY 3rd June – Services in districts and villages organised by the pastors.
7.00pm – Gospel Concert at Tiafau Malae.
MONDAY 4th June- Arts and Crafts display in the morning in front Government Building. Marching Girls Competition. Number of competitors not yet confirmed. Also the brass band competition follows with three bands competing and Pesega College will only entertain. The tulula, outrigger and canoe competitions also take place on Monday.
6.30pm – Digicel variety show kicks off. Chinese Acrobats will also start at the same time at the CCCS Hall at Mulinuuu.
TUESDAY 5th June – Fautasi’s final race with eight fautasi’s from the first and second hits and two from American Samoa make up ten fautasis for the final. The race will start from the Fish Market at Savalalo towards Faleula and back to the finishing point in front of Aggie Greys hotel.
11.00am – Presentation of gifts from the Government of New Zealand at Tooa Salamasina Hall. NZ representative will also hand out scholarships for local students to study in NZ. The book History of Samoa – 50 years to be launched on this day.
2-5.00pm – Traditional Entertainment performed by the districts of Alataua and Asu from American Samoa. Also performing will be the villages of Vaitoomuli and Gagaifomauga No 3 from Savaii with the finale by the Vaimauga West District.