Honiara 12 February 2016
As Guam launches its 100 days countdown towards the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts (FOPA), Solomon Islands is again preparing itself to showcase its cultural richness and diversity when it attends the festival in May this year.
Today marks 100 days until the world gathers in Guam to witness the Pacific Island region’s diverse and spectacular cultural heritage on show at the Festival.
Also known as FestPac2016, the 12th edition of the quadrennial festival – taking place in the capital, Hagatña, from 22 May to 4 June – is world renowned for its feast of Pacific cultural and contemporary practices, including demonstrations from artisans who are keeping ancient carving, weaving, tattooing and dancing traditions alive.
Solomon Islands is hoping to send a 150 member delegation to the festival comprising of artists and cultural practitioners to take part in the areas of performing arts, visual arts, literary arts, traditional/ contemporary arts and workshops/ symposiums.
The theme for the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts is “What we own, What we have, What we share, United voices of the Pacific”.
The unique festival was conceived to preserve and promote traditional and contemporary cultural practices and expressive arts in the Pacific Islands.
It was initiated by the Pacific Community with the first Festival held in 1972 in Fiji.
Source: Solomon Islands Government Press Release.