The Journal of Pacific History has published an article by Dr. Katerina Teaiwa on the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts (FOPA). The article is titled “Reflections on the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts, Honiara, Solomon Islands, 1-14 July 2012.”
This quadrennial event was hosted in Honiara, Solomon Islands on July 1-14, 2012, and featured delegations from 22 Island Nations. The theme was “Culture in Harmony With Nature.”
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FOPA is definitely not your usual tourist attraction:
Dr. Teaiwa states, “What is particularly unique about FOPA is that it is conceived, hosted, and presented by Pacific people for a Pacific audience rather than framed primarily by notions of foreign tourism. Pacific delegates prepare and expect to exchange culture and arts with each other in a field of regional kinship.”
The 2016 Festival of Pacific Arts will be hosted in Guam.
The 2012 Festival of Pacific Arts, Honiara, Solomon Islands
Photo courtesy of Catherine Greene