The fourth Melanesian Arts Festival is now scheduled to take place in New Caledonia in September – to promote traditional and contemporary arts from the whole of Melanesia.
The festival will run for two weeks from 12 to 24 September, ending on Citizen Day in Noumea.
Cultural and art representatives from five of the Melanesian countries (Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and host country New Caledonia) will be participating. New Caledonia is hosting the event for the first time, with a quote by famous Kanak political leader Jean-Marie Tjibaou as the theme: “Our Identity Lies Ahead of Us.”
During the 13-day festival, the cultural diversity and the modernity of the region will be strongly highlighted. Regional integration and human experience through exchange and encounters will be the focus.
Following the opening, the festival will travel across the New Caledonia territory, through a system of four traveling ‘pirogues” to bear the spirit of the festival in each of the nine municipalities in New Caledonia.
The festival will comprise of live performances which included contemporary dancing, theatre, opera, traditional dancing, music concerts, traditional instruments, singing and choirs, music concerts and contemporary electric bands.
There will be visual arts exhibition, photos, books, movies and video screening, handcrafts, cooking, sailing/canoeing, traditional games and hands-on practical demonstrations. A workshop on copyright, language and identity, politics and custom will also be organised.
See you in New Caledonia at the Melanesian Arts Festival in Noumea from 12-24 September. Ask the New Caledonia Concierge for help booking accommodation and tours during the event.