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FestPAC closes with beautiful memories and a call to preserve Pacific Arts and Cultures

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The Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC 2024) ended in Honolulu, Hawaii after 11 days of arts and cultural celebrations that fostered fond memories of the event and presented a monumental challenge to protect Pacific Arts and Cultures from erosion.

The Solomon Islands delegation took part in the closing ceremony and, together with other Pacific islanders, witnessed the handing over of the festival flag to the next host in 2028, New Caledonia.

The festival flag was received on behalf of New Caledonia by the custodian of the festival representatives from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

The Solomon Islands delegation, led by Director of Culture, Dennis Marita, also took part in the flag handover ceremony as participants cheered during the roll call of the Pacific nations, signifying the one united Blue Pacific, already our home for generations.

The ten-day event was an extravaganza for Pacific Islanders who took pride in their unique arts and cultures while fostering closer connections and networks to further promote and preserve Pacific arts and cultures among the young generations of their respective countries.

Proud moment for the Solomon Islands delegation at the FestPAC closing ceremony on Sunday.

Pacific Leaders and Elders who attended the festival and closing ceremony spoke highly of host Hawaii for its warm hospitality while expressing concern about the threat to our arts and cultures from foreign influences.

This year’s theme “Regenerating Oceania” is a call to Pacific Islanders to remain vigilant and steadfast against these modern threats and, above all, to preserve and transmit our artistic talents and cultural heritage to the future generations of the Pacific.

Leaders and elders also called on Pacific governments and cultural practitioners not to overlook existing cultural threats and any future threats to Pacific arts and cultures and to do more to support the arts and culture industries in support their respective countries.

Leaders and elders, with support from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), engaged in vibrant and creative programs aimed at strengthening arts and cultural connections among Pacific Islanders.

The FestPAC 2024 provides a tremendous opportunity and platform for young artists and performers from the Solomon Islands to showcase their natural and artistic talents and especially to promote the Solomon Islands to the outside world during their 11-day visit to Hawaii.

Some members of the Solomon Islands delegation.

Our delegation’s participation had a major impact, attracting thousands of festival goers and giving them a glimpse of what the Solomon Islands is like and what the country has to offer in terms of arts and culture.

Dennis Marita, Head of the Solomon Islands Delegation and Director of the Department of Culture, on behalf of the Government and People of the Solomon Islands, conveyed our immense appreciation to the Governor and leaders of the State of Hawaii for organizing yet another successful festival that brought Pacific Islanders together in Honolulu. in the past 11 days.

The Solomon Islands delegation will leave Hawaii on June 19 with fond memories of FestPAC 24 and are excited to represent the country and hope to continue to promote and preserve the country’s arts and culture for our future generations.

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– Government Communications Unit