Around the pacific
Arts, culture, music and more.
Bluesfest, Byron Bay, Australia 2nd - 6th April
Bluesfest is Australia’s largest international festival of blues and roots held in beautiful Byron Bay on Tyagarah Tee Tree Farm. The annual five-day festival hosts acclaimed artists and groups from Australia and around the world. This year’s lineup features Lenny Kravitz, The Black Keys, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Counting Crows, Jurassic 5, Ben Howard, Jimmy Cliff, Angelique Kidjo, and many more. With seven performance stages, five licensed bars, 50+ market stalls, and 40+ food stalls!
wwww.bluesfest.com.au. Samoa Swim Festival, Savaii island, Samoa 21st - 24th May
The Samoa Swim Festival is an offshore open water swim competition held in Manase on Savaii Island. For active people looking for something new and exciting to be involved in, while also having the opportunity to relax on a beautiful island, the Samoa Swim Festival is the event for you! The swim will take you over spectacular coral reefs and aquatic life in water temperatures between 23-25 degrees Celsius. www.samoaswim.com.
Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival, Melbourne, Australia, 9th -11th April
The Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival (CPAF) is a multi-disciplinary showcase of contemporary artists from Pacific communities in Australia. This year’s festival, CPAF – ‘Oceania Now’ will explore the spiritual, physical, cultural and political dimensions of contemporary Pacific identity – situated in the present, between honouring the past and authoring the future. The CPAF Symposium (9th – 10th April) will feature national and international keynote speakers and the Community Day (11th April) will feature a free concert, marketplace, and live art demonstrations and activities, taking place at Footscray Community Arts Centre. Activities include bilum weaving workshops, Pacific bling weaving workshops, and a Pacific Fashion Runway. Exhibitions and workshops will also take place throughout the month, and the Fia Fia Festival Bar will be open to festival pass holders and the public. Everyone is invited to join in for the 3rd annual CPAF, celebrating the diversity, creative collective energy and individual innovation within contemporary Pacific art culture.
www.cpaf.com.au, www.facebook. com/contemporarypacificartsfestival. 4th Arts & Culture Festival, Niue, 10th -17th April
Niue’s 4th Arts and Culture Festival aims to showcase Niuean art and culture and reconnect Niuean communities through sharing of skills, talent and experience. The theme for this year’s Festival is ‘ Who am I? Rethink, Renew, Reclaim - Ko Hai Au? Liu manamanatu, Fakafoou, Liuaki Mai’. Starting on the 10th of April, the week will be filled with activities including traditional hymns, Niue Vaka Day, poetry and short story recitals, workshops on weaving and carving, a ‘ Wearable Arts and Fashion’ show, and traditional and contemporary performance. Well-known Niue artists and performers
such as internationally recognised visual artist John Pule, playwright Diana Fuemana, and singer/songwriter Che Fu and his father Tigilau Ness will be supporting the festival. Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of the 4th Niue Arts and Culture Festival!
www.niueisland.com/ content/4th-niue-arts-and-culture-festival. Kauai Art Tour: Artists’ Open Studios (1st Annual), Kauai, Hawaii, 18th - 19th and 25th - 26th April
The 1st annual Kauai Art Tour is a unique opportunity to meet with the artists and artisans of Kauai, talk to them about their creations and purchase their work directly. The Tour is a self-guided, two-weekend event in which individual artist open their studios to the public, showcasing their work. Maps to registered artists’ studios and information about each artist will be available around the island in a full-color, magazine-sized guidebook and online. In addition to the two tour weekends, there will be a preview exhibit during the month of April at the Kauai Society of Artists’ Gallery in Kukui Grove featuring art from each artist. kauaiarttour.com.
Noumea Salsa and Latin Dance Festival, May 2015.
Get into the Latin swing of things with this fun dance festival during the month of May. There will be displays from world-class Latin dance professionals, workshops so you can learn the steps and parties and gatherings so you can put what you have learnt into practice! Dancers of all levels from novice to professional are welcome to participate.
noumeasalsalatindancefestival.com. Cheese Festival, Le Meridien, Pointe Magnin, Nouméa, New Caledonia, June.
Join cheese master, Gerard Poulard, at his annual Festival des Fromages de France, a rural French tradition held at Le Meridien, Nouméa. Cheese enthusiasts can sample over 130 exceptional varieties of cheese from mildly flavoured goat cheeses, to deliciously pungent blues. A selection of wines, including some famous vintages, will be matched to each cheese tasting.
en.visitnewcaledonia.com/ french-cheese-festival-0. 2015 Vodafone Pacific Music Aw ards, Vodafone Ev ents Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, 13th June
This year, the inaugural Pacific Music Awards will celebrate Pacific artists and their music, as well as the best singles and albums released in 2014. The event is organised by the Pacific Music Awards Committee to acknowledge the success of Pacific artists, promote excellence in Pacific music and encourage young Pacific musicians to aspire to a higher level of achievement. Amongst several award categories are Best Pacific Group, Best Pacific Male Artist, Best Pacific Female Artist, Best Pacific Urban Artist, Best Pacific Song and Most Promising Artist. The event is now a significant highlight of the New Zealand Music Industry calendar.
www.pacificmusicawards.org.nz. Lauto ka Farmers Carnival, Lauto ka, Fiji, 20th - 27th June
Lautoka gears up again for its Farmers Carnival scheduled to take place at the Churchill Park in Lautoka. The Farmers Carnival, coincides with the harvesting of sugar cane in the Western Division.
fiji.travel/event/ lautokas-farmerscarnival. European Society for Oceanists Conference, Brussels, Belgium 24th - 27th June
The European Society for Oceanists (ESFO) established the ESFO conference to enhance intellectual exchange and cooperation between individual researchers and scholarly institutions, both within and outside Europe, with a regional interest in Oceania. The theme for the 2015 conference is ‘Europe and the Pacific’, and working sessions will address topics such as perception of Oceania in Europe, land, resources and state formation, biomedicine and public health, democracy, human rights and feminism, the EU in the South Pacific, and many others. esfo-org.eu.
Fiji Showcase, Suva 26th June to 4th July
Fiji’s largest trade and entertainment event featuring live entertainment, trade booths and other activities will be located at the Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay Road. The show aims to delight all, with magic and comedy shows, international performers, fun-park and carnival rides for children and shopping, new products, food stalls and entertainment for adults. For exhibitors, the show is a great opportunity to promote and sell their products and services, network and meet potential new customers with over 90,000 visitors attending the show.