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Arts festival on track

Ioane Burese
Saturday, April 28, 2012

WITH the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts due to take place in July, the Solomon Islands is preparing performance and display sites in and around the capital, Honiara.

According to a statement, the Solomon Islands' National Festival Committee will have the opportunity to demonstrate at the 24th Council of Pacific Arts and Culture the progress made and what remains to be done before the festival opens.

The council is comprised of one representative of each of the 22 Pacific Island countries and territories that are members of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), as well as one representative each from Hawaii, Rapanui, Norfolk Island, New Zealand and Australia.

The theme for this year's Festival is Culture in harmony with nature.

Dr Elise Huffer, culture adviser of SPC's Human Development Program, said: "The host country organises everything, and SPC is a facilitator, helping them communicate with all participating countries, providing technical assistance.

"There are a whole lot of other things that SPC does across sectors such as health, agriculture, quarantine, water and sanitation."

A SPC health team that has been working with the World Health Organisation to support the Ministry of Health in its preparation for the festival will continue to work with the ministry, up to and during the festival. While the council was originally established to have oversight and give direction to the festival, which was first held in 1972 and takes place every four years, its role has expanded over the years.

Also on the council's agenda is a review of the progress countries have made in the development of cultural policies.

The council will also carry out a review of progress in the areas of cultural industries and cultural heritage mapping.





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