The glamour of Fiji’s very own Adi Senikau pageant is known to bring together people from different communities, which is why the Fiji Arts Council and the Hibiscus Event committee are working together in a bid to revive the event this year.
The last show in 2002 was organised by gay members from a cross-section of Fiji’s community.
This year’s event will give gays an opportunity to participate in the much-anticipated Vodafone Hibiscus Festival, raising the event to a higher platform.
Fiji Arts Council (FAC) event coordinator Peter Sipeli is the driving force behind the event.
“I work for the FAC as an event coordinator and we were given roles, since I’m gay I thought it would be a great idea to revive the Adi Senikau pageant,” said Sipeli.
“My role here is event coordinator and to ensure that everything at the final should be at its best,” Sipeli said after the preliminary round of the Adi Senikau pageant at JJ’s on the Park last Friday.
Thirteen contestants were introduced during the preliminary round and based on confidence levels and introduction, 10 contestants were selected for the finals which will be held at the Hibiscus Tent at Albert Park on Friday August 28.
Sipeli said there was a lot of interest from participants in Lautoka and Ba but finance was their biggest hurdle.
“The gay community is an underground community and trying to contact the girls is very difficult because their number keeps changing daily.
“Actually 14 contestants were supposed to compete in the preliminary round but one didn’t turn up because we were unable to get a contact.
“The gay community in Suva is just a tip of the iceberg but the larger community lives in rural areas that don’t have access to the Internet or their mobile phones are without credit.”
The talent show is expected to be the highlight of the event.
“It’s great to work with people like Sharon Bhagwan who is advising the girls and also the dancers from the University of the South Pacific Oceania Center. These dancers are going to assist the girls with their talents to make sure that they come up with something diverse and classic.
“We have Roger who is Miss Tooty Fruity and Miss Fafafine in Samoa as well as Ashley who is the reigning Adi Senikau discussing the selection criteria with the girls, so it’s a whole lot of people from the community who have injected their time and effort to make this event a success and also give inspiration to the girls.”
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