The Cook Islands National Arts Theatre (CINAT) team at the Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FestPAC)in Guam, 2016. Edward B. San Nicolas/16053018
Next year the world's largest celebration of indigenous Pacific Islanders is to make a spectacular re-appearance at the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FestPAC) which will convene in Honolulu, Hawaii, 6–16 June 2024.
Tauranga Vananga (Ministry of Cultural Development) is
pleased to announce the start of registration for individuals or groups who
wish to represent the Cook Islands at FestPAC 2024.
The Ministry aims to assemble a group of 60
participants for the event.
Ngatuaine Maui, Tauranga Vananga’s Director Te Papa
Turanga Manava Māori (National Cultural Identity) said the selection panel
responsible for evaluating and choosing the representatives for the Cook
Islands will comprise of both Tauranga Vananga staff and Taonga - esteemed
Artisans and persons in various artistic disciplines
including cultural dancers, drummers, musicians, visual artists, carvers, tivaivai
sewing, rito weavers, maoro (massage) therapists, film makers, fashion/wearable
art designers, floral artists and costume designers, who are able to contribute
actively and participate in the festival, are encouraged to file their
applications by this Friday October 27, at 4pm.
Activities in the festival will include live
performances, cultural workshops, film, storytelling and more.
The theme for FestPAC Hawaii 2024 will be “Ho’oulu
Lāhui: Regenerating Oceania,” which pays tribute to the traditions that FestPAC
aims to preserve, while looking ahead to the future.
In 1972, the South Pacific Commission (now known as
The Pacific Community – SPC) launched this vibrant platform to showcase arts
and culture - the primary objective was to prevent the decline of traditional
practices through ongoing cultural exchange.
The festival has played a dual role of safeguarding
traditional arts and culture while also providing a platform for contemporary
Pacific Island artists to showcase their creativity and address contemporary
One of the festival's most important objectives is to
promote cultural exchange and understanding among the participating nations.
It provides an opportunity for artists and cultural
practitioners to learn from each other, share stories, and establish lasting
FestPAC is held every four years, but due to Covid-19,
the 13th FestPAC, scheduled for 2020, was postponed.
The 2016 festival was hosted in Guam.
The Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu will serve as
the primary venue for FestPAC 2024, showcasing the diverse cultures of the
Pacific region hosting artists, performers, cultural practitioners, and
enthusiasts from across the Pacific.
If you would like more information or to apply for
FestPAC 2024 representing the Cook Islands, please email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 20725.