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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.

Fi­jishow­case.

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