PACIFIC ART FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 9, 2021 to Saturday, October 30, 2021 Start time: 10:00 am
Venue: St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ
A celebration of Pacific arts and culture in the lead up to COP26, PACIFIC ARTS FESTIVAL brings together communities from Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, as well as in the UK's large Pacific diaspora.
This free event includes an art exhibition curated by Sulu Daunivalu (Director, Museum of Pacific & Oceanic Art, Latvia), heritage arts and products, panel discussions, interactive activities and more.
Showcasing both heritage and contemporary arts, including a wide variety of visual art that has never been on show before now, the exhibition will take visitors on a journey across the Pacific region, highlighting the impact climate change is having on these small island nations and how Pacific communities are fighting back. Many of the works on display will be for sale and this income will directly assist Pacific Islanders who have been so badly affected by the COVID pandemic. Artists showing include Nicolai Michoutouchkine, Irami Buli, John Danger and Robert Kua.
Events such as panel discussions focusing on Pacific arts, culture and the impacts of climate change in the region will be taking place throughout the three weeks and will be live streamed with Fiji. Additionally, UK-based Pacific Island communities will be on site selling handmade Fijian products - perfect for Christmas gifts.
Fiji-based dance company VOU Fiji will be performing a live streamed version of their award winning 2016 piece ‘Are We Stronger Than Winston?’ (ORIGINS 2017) to mark the opening of the festival on Saturday 9th October. Choreographed by VOU’s Navi Fong after Fiji was devastated by category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston in February 2016, the piece has been redeveloped to incorporate current conversations on climate change and climate action.
Produced and curated by Sulu Daunivalu, Katrina Talei Igglesden and Vanessa Eden.