I would be remiss if I didn’t share this good news coming from the Solomon Islands:
This past December, management training to support the growth of the Solomon Islands’ cultural sector attracted artists, artisans, fashion designers, dancers and writers throughout the country. The training was organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), the Culture Division in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Solomon Islands Arts Alliance under a program funded by the European Union.
The Solomon Islands’ cultural sector has been recognized as a dynamic part of the country’s economic and social landscape. As you may recall, the country gained international recognition when it hosted the 2012 Festival of Pacific Arts. It is great to see that the Solomon Islands have move forward from this festival, as the cultural sector provides livelihoods and income to thousands of Solomon Islanders each year.
A performance at the 2012 Festival of Pacific Arts, Solomon Islands (photo courtesy of Catherine Green)
Presentations at the workshop covered the importance of transparency, accountability and collaboration, as well as training on how to develop an effective constitution, improve management and develop financial management skills.
The Solomon Islands has always been known for its traditional carving and basket weaving, however artists are now flourishing in the fashion and visual arts sectors. Similarly traditional pan pipe and dance groups are growing side-by-side with contemporary music and performing arts.
To read the article feel free to jump to the SPC Website.