The Festival of Pacific Arts is a celebration of the Indigenous cultures of the Pacific island nations and is held every four years. It plays a vital role in safeguarding traditional practices by sharing and exchanging culture.

About the program

The Festival of Pacific Arts is the Pacific's largest regional cultural gathering and the world's largest gathering of Indigenous Pacific cultures. Since 1972, the Festival has brought together the peoples from 27 Pacific Island nations and territories to share their cultures and establish deeper understanding and friendship.

The opportunity to showcase Australia's Indigenous cultures at this important international forum allows Australian Indigenous cultures to further enhance an already deep people-to-people connection with our Pacific neighbours.

Australia has deep ties with the Pacific region through aid, foreign policy, trade, immigration and tourism. Our participation in the Festival of Pacific Arts allows us to forge closer links with Pacific Island governments, and enables Pacific peoples to enhance their respect and appreciation of one another.

The 12th Festival of Pacific Arts was held in Guam from 22 May to 4 June 2016. The theme for this Festival was What we Own, What we Have, What we Share, United Voices of the Pacific. Around 2500 performers, artists and cultural practitioners from across the Pacific participated in this festival.

A delegation of 59 artists were selected to represent Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures at the festival. Visit the Australia's delegation to the Festival of Pacific Arts 2016 facebook page or the Australian Delegation to the Festival of Pacific Arts 2016 page for more information about the artists.


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