Monday, 16 April 2012 9:01 AM

Guam Confirms Number of Participants to Festival

Solomon Islands will be receiving a 150 member delegation of Guam artists and performers to participate in the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts in Honiara, Solomon Islands this July 1 - 14.

The 150 member delegation was decided by the Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities, a division of the Department of Chamorro Affairs in cooperation with the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts Coordinating Committee.

Guam's presentation at the festival will include a pageantry of performers, crafts persons and presenters of traditional demonstrations. Representatives from Guam will have an opportunity to share their cultural identity with over two thousand delegates expected to participate in the festival, as well as, residents of the host country and visitors to the event.

Festival Activities and Events include the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and the disciplines of the Performing Arts, Literary Arts, and Traditional and Contemporary Exhibitions and Demonstrations. Under the performing arts, Guam's repertoire will include traditional dance, drama / theater, oral chants, oratory and storytelling, and contemporary music. The literary arts contingent will encompass poetry, short stories/novels, non-fiction and stage, radio and film scripts. Demonstrations and exhibitions will include Guam artists in the visual arts, film, fashion, traditional games, tattooing, culinary, handicrafts and carving.

The Festival of Pacific Arts or FestPac as it is known in Guam is a Festival of Arts and Culture held every four years by different host nations in Oceania. Comprised of 22 island nations in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, the Council of Pacific Arts and Culture is the overseeing body for the Festival.

The Festival was first conceived in 1972 by the Secretariat of the Pacific (former South Pacific Commission) as a means to stem the erosion of traditional cultural practices. The last festival was held in Pago Pago, American Samoa in 2008. Previous host nations include Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tahiti, Australia, Cook Islands, Samoa, New Caledonia, and Palau. Guam will be hosting the Festival in 2016.