TWO innovative Australian community artists will exhibit their environment-friendly art creations at the Tagimoucia Carnival in Taveuni on Saturday.
Teitei Taveuni's Food Security and Inclusive Learning mentor Jo Dean said the arrival of Cecile Williams and Peter Keelan would add another dimension to an event earmarked to showcase local musicians, traditional arts, foods and sports.
"Cecile Williams and Peter Keelan have travelled from the town of Denmark in the southwest of Australia with a bag full of resources, experience and ideas to share at the festival," Mrs Dean said
"Cecile specialises in using recycled materials to create striking artwork that reflects the environment we need to protect."
In a recent project she salvaged abandoned fishing nets and marine debris to build a giant crocodile sculpture.
"On Christmas Island she produced a series of intricately carved and constructed scenes of community life made totally from a variety of plastic rubbish washed up on the beaches."
Mrs Dean said the Australians sailed to Taveuni to work with the community using local recycled materials to create beautiful artworks at the Tagimoucia Festival on Saturday.
"The visiting artists also use stop animation, photography, sound recording, theatre, dance and music in their workshops to help highlight social and environmental awareness.
"Taveuni locals and visitors, especially children, can work alongside these inspiring artists at free workshops held at the Wairiki Hall and school grounds.
Organisers have arranged for performances from local musicians including Tom Mawi, Steve McComber, Alexia Rae Costello, The Fiji Five, Kerry Damudamu and Bex Nabouta.