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Sharing culture and knowledge

Losalini Vuki
Friday, November 03, 2017

IN September 2016, Fiji Greenhouse curator Fiona Vuibeqa approached the Fiji Arts Council about the concept, seeking our blessings and partnership in cultural exchange.

In formalising the request, the council was deeply impressed with her proposal, particularly with the expected outcomes such as strengthening the community through the sharing of cultural knowledge and practice.

This, she said, would provide fantastic opportunities to showcase the strength and diversity of multiculturalism between Fiji and the Mackay region in Australia.

The opportunity was also aimed at building capacity of Fiji's artisans as they aspire towards consolidating the role of art in Fiji's social and economic growth.

Director Fiji Arts Council Peni Cavuilagi said the idea of linking Fijian, and other Pacific Island communities, living in Mackay to their culture and tradition had far reaching opportunities, which they greatly appreciate and support.

"The sharing of cultural knowledge and practice strengthened intercultural connections within our community and was used to celebrate diversity as people engage with each other across social and cultural differences with respect, empathy and a deeper understanding of humanity," said Mr Cavuilagi.

"Fiji Greenhouse provides fantastic opportunities to showcase the strength and diversity of multicultural regional Queensland."

The Fiji Greenhouse Exhibition was the first intercultural exhibition and residency process of its kind in the Mackay Region of Brisbane in Australia.

The overwhelming support in partnership of all cultural organisation including Fiji Arts Council with the Mackay Regional Council in requesting funding through the Regional Arts Development Fund in partnership between the Queensland government and Mackay Regional Council to support the project were very outstanding.

The approval for the funding was formalised in July 2017 to have the participation of one local heritage artist and a staff of FAC to attend the exhibition from October 7 to 27.

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