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Face painter gives festival new lease of life

Salaseini Mocewai
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

IT'S not what people normally see during the Festival of the Friendly North in Labasa.

But such is the artistic skills that Noa Ledua has to brighten up faces and he is turning heads this year.

The face-painting exercise at Subrail Park is attracting crowds, particularly children, because of the creative and inventive drawings.

Mr Ledua travelled all the way from Suva to offer his artistic services to people flocking to the park for the week-long fete.

Mr Ledua said he decided to come to Labasa for the Vodafone-sponsored festival last weekend because it was an opportunity for him to promote his artwork out of the city in which he works.

"I knew that face painting was something new to Labasa so I decided to come and paint faces to earn more money," he said.

"It's really good to see children queuing up in front of you to have their faces drawn with beautiful designs.

"I am glad to be part of this festival because it's a fast way of earning high income."

The opening of the festival last weekend was interrupted because of heavy rain.

Yesterday, all stalls were fully operational.