Island Style: Dancing the Pacific

I recently heard about this wonderful exhibit on Pacific Islands’ dances mainly from the perspective of outside observers such as travellers, academics and tourists. It is currently running at the Turnbull Library in Wellington, New Zealand from March 18 to May 11, 2013.

As you know, we actively promote Pacific Islands festivals that are happening in the Pacific Islands and the United States on this blog, as well as on our Website. I agree wholeheartedly to the organizers of this exhibit when they state: 

 “For Pacific peoples themselves, traditional dance has always been at the heart of their culture.”

If you plan to travel to Wellington within the next couple of months, put this exhibit on the top of your list! If you can’t make it to Wellington, no worries. They have brought some of the exhibit to you online. Check it out

Also, for those of you who are lucky enough to go to Wellington, here is the Schedule of Events.

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A performance at last year’s Festival of Pacific Arts in Honiara, Solomon Islands (photo courtesy of Catherine Green)

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Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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