Culture & Arts Archive July 2012

Old friends Russell Priest and Edward Houi from the Solomon Islands pictured in 1968, and reunited 44 years later this June as retirees.

Friendship Rekindled After Four Decades

A little blue letter was all it took to reunite two friends 44 years after they last met as young men in the Solomon Islands, despite living an ocean apart.
The Pacific Village leaf huts will be available for auction tommorrow.

Pacific Village Available for Auction

The 11th Festival of Pacific Arts organising committee, Solomon Islands, will begin auctioning leaf huts in the Pacific village at Panatina Campus tomorrow.
The Rapanui dancers marching during the Festival of Arts closing.

A Gathering Like No Other

There has never been a gathering in Solomon Islands to rival that of the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts.

Governor General Apologizes to Participants

The Solomon Islands Governor General has apologised on behalf of the people of Solomon Islands to the overseas delegates of the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts over how the Master of Ceremony expressed himself during the festival opening ceremony.
Ann Patricia Naisara modelling a Robert Kennedy dress.

New Clothing Range Launched in Festival

Top Fiji designer Robert Kennedy launched a new range of clothes at the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts in the Solomo Islands and looks forward to improving them when he gets home.
Fiji's contemporary dance crew, VOU, during their performance on the Pasifika stage.

Fiji Continues to Impress

As the Solomon Islands celebrated its 34th independence yesterday, the people of the Pacific paid tribute to those who helped shape this nation with song, dance and displays that depicted the freedom of their cultures and traditions.

Kiribati Vice President Visits Gizo

The Vice President of Kiribati has praised the Western Provincial Government and its FOPA Satellite venue organizing committee for the hospitality and kind reception accorded to the Kiribati contingent during their short visit to Gizo, Solomon Islands.

Guam Attracts Massive Crowd Daily

The Guam leaf hut in the festival village in Honiara Solomon Islands is always a hub of activity with massive crowds huddling around to view the carving artwork/jewelry on display, video and digital photography along with the various demonstrations.
The Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Australia, Mr Beraki Jino.

Independence Celebrated in Canberra

Solomon Islanders living in the Australian Capital State, Canberra, had a really good time in commemorating the Solomon Island's 34th Independence Day over the weekend.

Hawaii Bids for 2020 Festival

Hawaii has officially presented its bid to host the thirteenth Festival of Pacific Arts and await formal endorsement at yesterday's Cultural Ministers' Meeting in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Sikua Disappointed Over Lack of Organization

Solomon Islands Opposition Leader, Hon. Derek Sikua has expressed his disappointment over the failure of the organizing committee to avail an official programme for the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts.
The Festival of Arts opening began on a high note, but the public remain outraged over the Master of Ceremony.

MC Creates Wide Outrage

The Solomon Islands Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet says it shares the concerns of the public over the behaviour of the Master of Ceremony for the Festival of Arts opening on Monday.

Festival to Bring More Recognition to Art

The Chairlady of the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts underway in Solomon Islands capital says she hopes the event will prompt the government to recognise the arts.

Technical Fault Experienced at Opening

The power outage experienced at the opening of the Festival of Pacific Arts was said to have been a result of a technical problem.
Former Miss South Pacific, Ms. Sinahemana Hekau of Niue was also part of the participants.

Festival Opens on High Note

Honiara, Solomon Islands once again experienced another extravagant event last night at the official opening of the 11th Festival of Arts, at the Lawson Tama stadium.

Violence Free Campaign Begins

Stopping violence against women and girls will be the focus of a campaign during the two week Arts Festival which gets under way in Honiara next week.
The Australian delegation at the Australian High Commission residence.

Australian Delegation Arrives for Festival

Visiting Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles officially welcomed the Australian delegation to the Festival of Pacific Arts who are taking part in the two week festival in Honiara.
The Solomon Islands village within the Festival of Arts village in Panatina.

Festival Village Remains Main Attraction

The excitement continues to build in the air as more and more people begin to flood Honiara from the Province and overseas.
The New Zealand delegation pulls their Vaka ashore as the crowd looks on.

Week Begins with a Blast

At about 3am this morning, Honiara woke up to the sounds of fireworks to welcome the arrival of the Regional "Vakas" from the region and the Tomokos (war canoes) from the Western Province.