Arts in the Pacific not appreciated: Dr Vaka’uta

Entertainers performs a Pacific dance at the USP yesterday to mark the launch of the 'We Are Ocean: Heritage and Arts Festival'. Picture: RAMA

THE Arts in the Pacific is not well understood or appreciated.

As a result, artists who like to earn a sustainable livelihood find it difficult to make ends meet, says Director for the Oceania Centre for Arts,Culture and Pacific studies at the University of the South Pacific Dr Frances Koya Vaka’uta.

However, she said there was vast growing talents within the region.

“The irony of this is that there is an abundance of natural creativity and talent in our islands which present untapped opportunities for our young people,” Dr Vaka’uta said.

She added globally creative industries were fast growing economies “but we don’t have systems in the Pacific to support this, however, this was changing”.

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