01 Aug 2016
By Wright Communications
The message: Come and play the ukulele with us.
Niue Tourism Chief Executive Felicity Bollen says the occasion will be Niue's forthcoming, inaugural, four-day Ukulele Festival - "NiueKelele" - in October. "We may not be able to match the global film audience Dwayne got from his ukulele cameo in 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island', but we can offer him the unique chance to play in front of an entire nation - I can guarantee it.
"And playing 'What a wonderful world', as he did in the movie, would be the perfect choice - that's us."
Felicity says Niue's musicians, residents and visitors have gone online with a heart-felt YouTube plea for Johnson to visit the island during the Festival, which runs from 21-24 October this year and features ukulele workshops, concerts, special island activities and a Gala dinner. "Some of the best uke players in the Pacific will be here to share their talent with Dwayne - and maybe pick up some acting tips from him in return."
She says persuading the star to take time out from his busy schedule is a big call. "But maybe he'd like a South Pacific break; he is, after all, part-Samoan. And given his recent involvement in Disney's new movie 'Moana', a uke' holiday at Niue might be right up his alley. We'll look after him!"
View the YouTube video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXIAC9SOcdE
Niue's open letter to Dwayne is attached.
To find out more about Niue please visit http://www.niueisland.com .
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