April- A Good Month to Be Festive

Are you in a festive mood?

Are you in the mood for some travelling as well?

Well, April is another excellent festival month for those of you interested in Pacific Islands’ culture. What’s going on?

In Hilo, Hawaii, the annual Merrie Monarch Festival takes place from April 5-11. This event honors the legacy left by King David Kalākaua, who inspired the perpetuation of the Hawaiian traditions, native language and arts. The festival includes an internationally acclaimed hula competition, an invitational Hawaiian arts fair, hula shows, and a grand parade through the town of Hilo. This is without a doubt one of the biggest Pacific Islands festival of the year! Don’t miss it! Click here for more information.

If you happen to be in Australia, or on your way to Australia, check out the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival 2015 in Victoria on April 9-10. This festival is hosted by Footscray Community Arts Centre, and will explore the spiritual, physical, cultural and political dimensions of contemporary Pacific identity. The theme is ‘Oceania Now‘- a celebration of the diversity, creative collective energy and individual innovation within contemporary Pacific art culture. Click here for more information.

Finally, for the more adventurous traveler, I recommend participating at the Niue Arts and Culture Festival from April 10-17 on the beautiful island of Niue. The theme for this year’s Festival is “Who am I?, Rethink, Renew, Reclaim.”

Niue-Arts-and-Cultural-Festival-Poster-NTO-Version

Click here for more information.

Happy travels and enjoy these unique cultures!

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About islandculturearchivalsupport

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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