A week ago on May 22 the one-year countdown of the 2016 Festival of Pacific Arts was announced by Guam Governor, Eddie Baza Calvo, FestPac Coordinating Committee Honorary Chairwoman First Lady, Christine Calvo, the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB), the Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities (CAHA) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). Wow. This truly makes it officia, as Governor Eddie Baza Calvo eloquently exclaims,
“Our island will be the center for the arts and culture of the Pacific in 2016. We are rolling out welcome mats and polishing up our island gem so it will shine brighter when the local and international communities come together for the Festival of Pacific Arts.”
Guam will be hosting 27 island nations from across the Pacific for what is called the “Olympics of Pacific Arts” and the largest cultural event to take place in the island’s history from May 22 – June 4, 2016. It’s going to be a party. A huge party.
The location for the world-class event will be in the heart of Guam’s capital of Hagatña at the Paseo de Susana Park. Millions of dollars are being invested to prepare facilities so that Guam can appropriately welcome and host the thousands of people expected to participate in FestPac. The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the Paseo Stadium, while a Festival Village will be constructed next to the Chamorro Village for the visiting island nations.
“Through this next year, we will continue to extend our invitation to the entire global community to visit Guam in 2016. We are honored to host an event that unites the different cultures of the Pacific on our island paradise,” says First Lady, Christine Calvo.
SPC Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, paid tribute to the impressive early progress made by the FestPac Coordinating Committee. He states,
“The fact this festival has grown over more than 40 years to become a world-class cultural exchange and celebration of the rich diversity of Pacific Island communities is a testament to the host governments, the region’s cultural producers and to the thousands of people who come along and support it.”
Stay tuned for more updates about this wonderful, quadrennial event.