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Cancellation backtrack sees AIGA Festival return to South Bank this weekend

Joseph Guenzler -

After a last minute cancellation, AIGA Festival returns this weekend to Southbank Piazza in Meanjin.

Originally slated for March 2nd, the festival faced some contractual and safety issues which led to the event being cancelled only two days before its inaugural date.

Director Fonomatumua Josefo Nauer said they were expecting between 3000 to 5000 patrons during the course of the festival.

South Bank corporation released a statement on March 1st stating: "We are a precinct that embraces diversity through many events, art installations and immersive experiences".

"We understand that creating a welcoming environment also entails ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all who visit our precinct.

"We are working with Aiga Fesival organisers to support them in their preparations to deliver a safe and enjoyable festival at South Bank on an alternative date."

After news spread, the Meanjin community, along with many people who had planned to travel great distances were upset with the proposed event cancellation.

Tatou Aiga, the organisation hosting the event took to ABC Radio to share their story.

Cultural Director Taitu'uga Kitch told the ABC "We tried to so hard, we put our own money into it to make sure it could get across".

"We were lost for words. But we do understand what they were trying to say as in paperwork and safety.

Aiga Festival Co-Directors Charlie Pualau,Taitu'uga Kitch and Fonomatumua Josefo Nauer with South Bank Corp. CEO Bill Delves. (Image: supplied)

The following week, the organisation then attended a meeting with Southbank Corporation CEO bill Delves and Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner.

Fortunately, they were able to work out their differences and now the festival is back on, set to be held this Saturday 16 March.

"The powers of our ancestors and the power of the people surrounding us came together," Kitch said in a follow up with ABC.

"We came together and no one was right and no one was wrong."

The community now eagerly anticipates the rescheduled Aiga Festival, set to bring cultural vibrancy and unity on its revised date.

The Festival coincides with the Brisbane Council elections so festival goers may cast their vote and proceed to South Bank Piazza to celebrate.

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