Festival of Pacific Arts

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Festival of Pacific Arts
Genre Pacific Islands music and dance
Dates Every four years
Location(s) Oceania; host country varies. Future hosts:
2012: Solomon Islands Solomon Islands;[1]
2016: Guam Guam.[2]
Years active Since 1972; see table below
Website
Festival history,
Current festival (redirect page)

The Festival of Pacific Arts, Pacific Arts Festival, or FESTPAC is a traveling festival hosted every four years by a different country in Oceania (map). It was conceived by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (former "South Pacific Commission")[3] as a means to stem erosion of traditional cultural practices by sharing and exchanging culture at each festival. The major theme of the festival is traditional song and dance. The 2008 Festival of Pacific Arts was hosted by American Samoa from 20 July to 2 August 2008; it was the 10th Festival of Pacific Arts.[4][5][6]

The Pacific Cultural Council (former "Pacific Arts Council" or "Council of Pacific Arts," originally "South Pacific Arts Festival Council")[7] selects the host country and recognizes that each participating country desires the opportunity to showcase its unique indigenous culture by hosting the festival. Host selection is based on principles of equity and preference is given to countries which have not yet hosted. The festival host country pays participants' costs of local travel, accommodation, meals, and other forms of hospitality. Entry to all artistic events is free to the public thereby maximizing cultural outreach and inclusion.

By its vastness, the Pacific Ocean inhibits social and cultural interchange between the inhabitants of its mostly island countries. The festival, not a competition but a cultural exchange, reunites people and reinforces regional identity and mutual appreciation of Pacific-wide culture. Participating countries select artist-delegates to represent the nation at this crossroads of cultures, considered a great honour.

About 2,000 artists attended[8] the 2008 Festival of Pacific Arts from these participating countries:[5] American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Easter Island, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Sāmoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna.[4] Taiwan was allowed to send a delegation of 80 performers and artists, most of whom were Taiwanese aborigines, to the Festival of Pacific Arts for the first time in 2008.[9] Taiwan had previously applied to attend the Townsville, Australia, festival but was denied.[9]

Locations[edit]

Iteration Year Dates Location Theme
1st 1972[10] 6 May-20 May Suva, Fiji Fiji "Preserving culture"
2nd 1976[11] 6 March-13 March Rotorua, New Zealand New Zealand "Sharing culture"
3rd 1980[12] 30 June-12 July Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea "Pacific awareness"
4th 1985[13] 29 June-15 July Tahiti, French Polynesia French Polynesia "My Pacific"
5th 1988[14] 14 August-24 August Townsville, Australia Australia "Cultural interchange"
6th 1992[15] 16 October-27 October Rarotonga, Cook Islands Cook Islands "Seafaring heritage"[16]
7th 1996[17] 8 September-23 September Apia, Sāmoa Samoa "Unveiling treasures"
8th 2000[18] 23 October-3 November Nouméa, New Caledonia New Caledonia "Words of past, present, future"[19]
9th 2004[20] 22 July-31 July Koror, Palau Palau "Nurture, Regenerate, Celebrate"[21]
10th 2008[22] 20 July-2 August Pago Pago, American Samoa American Samoa "Threading the Oceania Ula"
11th 2012 1–14 July Honiara, Solomon Islands Solomon Islands "Culture in Harmony with Nature"[23]
12th 2016 TBA Tumon, Guam Guam "TBA"
13th 2020[24] TBA TBA, Hawaii Hawaii "TBA"

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Unattributed (29 July 2008). "Solomon Islands Prepares Early for 11th Festival of Pacific Arts". Pacific (in en-US) (Saipan Tribune). Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  2. ^ Sagapolutele, Fili (24 July 2008). "Guam Will Host 12th Festival of Pacific Arts". Daily News (in en-US) (Pacific Magazine). Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  3. ^ Unattributed (8 August 2008). "Secretariat of the Pacific Community". Pacific Community Website (in en-GB or fra). Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  4. ^ a b Unattributed (1 May 2007). "2008 Festival of the Pacific Arts" (in en-US). Office of Insular Affairs, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  5. ^ a b Unattributed. "10th Festival of Pacific Arts -- American Samoa -- July 20 - August 2, 2008". 10th Festival of Pacific Arts (in en-US). American Samoa Office for the 10th Festival of Pacific Arts. Retrieved 2008-08-09.  The official web site of the 10th Festival of Pacific Arts.
  6. ^ Unattributed (2 August 2008). "Festival of Pacific Arts holds closing ceremonies". Guampdn.com (in en-US) (Pacific Daily News). Retrieved 2008-08-09. [dead link]
  7. ^ Unattributed (26 July 2008). "Festival of Pacific Arts changes name". Islands Business (in en-GB) (Islands Business International). Retrieved 2008-08-10.  This mis-titled article describes adoption of name change, not by the Festival of Pacific Arts, but by its overseeing body, from "Council of Pacific Arts" to "Pacific Cultural Council."
  8. ^ Secretariat of the Pacific Community (21 July 2008). "Pacific Arts Festival Hours Away From Opening". Pacific Magazine (Trans-Oceanic Media). Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  9. ^ a b "Taiwan gets go ahead to attend Pacific Arts Festival in American Samoa". Radio New Zealand International. 2008-06-15. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  10. ^ "1st Festival of Pacific Arts". Festivals of Pacific Arts (in en-GB). Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Retrieved 2008-08-10. [dead link]
  11. ^ "2nd Festival of Pacific Arts". Festivals of Pacific Arts (in en-GB). Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Retrieved 2008-08-10. [dead link]
  12. ^ "3rd Festival of Pacific Arts". Festivals of Pacific Arts (in en-GB). Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Retrieved 2008-08-10. [dead link]
  13. ^ "4th Festival of Pacific Arts". Festivals of Pacific Arts (in en-GB). Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Retrieved 2008-08-10. [dead link] Mentions the festival location and date had to be changed due to 1984 political instability in New Caledonia which was originally planned to host.
  14. ^ "5th Festival of Pacific Arts". Festivals of Pacific Arts (in en-GB). Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Retrieved 2008-08-10. [dead link]
  15. ^ "6th Festival of Pacific Arts". Festivals of Pacific Arts (in en-GB). Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Retrieved 2008-08-10. [dead link]
  16. ^ Lyon, Wenonah (1995). "Social Context and the Limits on Symbolic Meanings". Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing. University of Kent. Retrieved 2008-08-11.  A scholarly paper about the symbolism of voyaging canoes.
  17. ^ "7th Festival of Pacific Arts". Festivals of Pacific Arts (in en-GB). Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Retrieved 2008-08-10. [dead link]
  18. ^ "8th Festival of Pacific Arts". Festivals of Pacific Arts (in en-GB). Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Retrieved 2008-08-10. [dead link]
  19. ^ "8th Festival of Pacific Arts". Pacific Arts Online (in en-US, fra, tpi). Artok. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  20. ^ "9th Festival of Pacific Arts". Festivals of Pacific Arts (in en-GB). Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Retrieved 2008-08-10. [dead link]
  21. ^ Moulin, Jane Freeman (Fall 2005). "Oltobed a Malt (Nurture, regenerate, celebrate)". The Contemporary Pacific (in en-US) (University of Hawaiʻi Press) 17 (2): pp. 512–6. doi:10.1353/cp.2005.0065. Retrieved 2008-08-09.  Although access to the full article is restricted through Project MUSE, the free synopsis is useful.
  22. ^ "10th Festival of Pacific Arts". Festivals of Pacific Arts (in en-GB). Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Retrieved 2008-08-10. [dead link]
  23. ^ "11th Festival of Pacific Arts" (in en-GB). Retrieved 2011-09-10. 
  24. ^ "Hawaii Wins Bid to Host 2020 Festival". Festival (in en-GB). Island Sun Newspaper. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 

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