For you festival watchers out there, please keep in mind that the biggest, the grand-daddy, of all festivals will be happening in Guam in 2016. I know it is still two years away, but mark your calendars! This event takes place every four years. It is like the World Cup of festivals that brings together artists and cultural practitioners from around the Pacific region for two weeks of festivities.
Oh, and there is a theme in place: Festival Theme – “WHAT WE OWN, WHAT WE HAVE, WHAT WE SHARE, UNITED VOICES OF THE PACIFIC”
Click here for the official Website.
As you may recall, the 2012 Festival of Pacific Arts took place in the Solomon Islands.
Representing Easter Island at the 2012 Festival of Pacific Arts, Honiara, Solomon Islands
Photo courtesy of Catherine Green
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