Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival 2014


2nd Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival (CPAF)
March 2014
Melbourne, Australia

The Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival (CPAF) is an annual multi-disciplinary showcase of the creative talents of the Australian Pacific Arts Community.

The Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival 2014 will be taking place throughout the month of March 2014.

Through its diverse program, CPAF will share the unique stories of Pacific diaspora in Melbourne and more broadly Australia.

Workshops and satellite exhibitions will be held across different Melbourne locations with the two-day main event taking place at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, CPAF’s key partner organisation.

Lock in Friday 21st March for the CPAF Symposium and Opening night with an exhibition launch of Existence of Patterns and Saturday 22nd March for the big community day event Footscray Community Arts Centre.

There will also be a series of workshops taking place across Melbourne prior to the festival and satellite exhibitions.

Check out the CPAF Facebook page for more exciting programming and find out how you can be involved.

CPAF Symposium

Proposals for presentations are invited for the 2nd Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival (CPAF) being held at the Footscray Community Arts Centre in Melbourne, Australia from 21-22 March 2014.

The CPAF symposium brings together creative practitioners, community elders, academics and arts industry professionals whose work engages with the contemporary Pacific in a one-day symposium on the banks of the Maribyrnong river. We welcome proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives that will contribute to the symposium discourse.

Proposals are invited that address issues of contemporary art and culture of the Pacific through one of the following categories:

Theme 1: Contemporary Performing Arts Practices.
Theme 2: Pacific ways of knowing in contemporary contexts.
Theme 3: Contemporary Pacific visual art, film and animation.
Theme 4: Community arts and engagement.

Possible topics could include (but are not limited to):

• Activating Pacific collections in Australian museums and galleries;
• Community arts and self-determination;
• Contemporary Pacific adornment, fashion and design;
• Contemporary Pacific dance, music and performance;
• Contemporary Pacific tattoo;
• Curating Contemporary Pacific art;
• Intellectual property and traditional knowledge in the Pacific;
• Pacific art and activism;
• Pacific art education in Australian institutions;
• Pacific art and entrepreneurialism.
• Pacific oral traditions and contemporary spoken word;
• Representations of contemporary Pacific gender identities in art and literature.

Presentations may take the form of summaries or overviews of their work, and artists are invited to speak to examples of their practice. Presentations should be limited to 15 minutes and will be grouped according to topic or perspective into themed sessions. Time will be provided after all of the presentations for Q&A and group discussion.

Authors are welcome to include visual supports to assist delivery of their oral presentation. Please note that we cannot provide photocopying facilities at the symposium, but we will provide a data projector with audio capacity in the presentation theatre.

Submission deadline:
Abstracts (recommended length 150-200 words) must be received by Wednesday 12 February 2014. Notification of acceptance by Friday 21 February 2014. Email proposals to:

For more information on submitting your proposal and registering for the symposium, please visit Registration: $20 – waged/ $10 unwaged/conc.

Torika Bolatagici
CPAF symposium and literature coordinator

Pattern and Portraiture

This is an exciting opportunity for young people of Pacific Islander heritage aged 13-21 years. Its a cool workshop at Signal in the heart of the city for the first three Saturdays of March. Exhibitions included. Booking essential:


Source: CPAF Facebook page

Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival 2013 – see highlights and interviews with CPAF Elder Aunty Sana Balai and ‘Meleponi Pasifika’ exhibition artists Torika Bolatagici and Salote Tawale sharing some insights into their contemporary arts practice and artwork on ABC Arts. And last years festival on Urban Viti.

11th Festival of Pacific Arts

The 11th Festival of Pacific Arts kicked off on Sunday (1 July) in Honiara, Solomon Islands. The festival is on for two weeks and brings together 22 Pacific Island countries and territories to share, exchange and celebrate their cultures.

The Festival is recognised as a major international cultural event, and is the largest gathering in which Pacific peoples unite to gain respect for and appreciation of one another within the context of the changing Pacific. More than 3000 artists and cultural practitioners are expected at this year’s Festival.

Check out the Festival’s website for updates and programme details. Some events from the Festival will be streamed live on the Festival’s website.

I’ve pulled together a few other online resources where you can keep up with date with the Festival.


Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat programme will be covering the Festival through its regular broadcast programme. If you’re in the Pacific, tune into their partner stations. They also have an online stream and have podcasts available on their website:

Radio Australia/ Solomon Islands


Festival of Pacific Arts 2012 official Facebook Page.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Artists at FOPA 2012 Facebook Page.

NZ at Festival of Pacific Arts Facebook Page for the Aotearoa Delegation to the 11th Festival of Pacfic Arts.

Pacific Voyagers Facebook Page.

Pacific Islands Museum Association (PIMA) is a Pacific regional forum that assists Pacific Museums, cultural centres and peoples to preserve Pacific Island heritage. Check out PIMA’s Facebook page for regular updates from Jean.

Luk Piksa “When two people see everything through the camera lenses we bring you Luk Piksa (See Picture)” Photographs from the Solomon Islands by Alex Akwai and Steve S. Aumanu.

Radio Australia – Pacific  is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s international radio, online and digital content service for Asia and the Pacific. Check out their Festival of Pacific Arts 2012 photo album.

Websites/ Blogs

The Australian Delegation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists

Oceanian Expressions a blog from the  staff of the Regional Media Centre (Secretariat of the Pacific Community)

Pacific Voyagers At the beginning of April 2011 a crew of seven vakas started their journey across the Pacific. Coming from all over the Pacific: Aotearoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, and Tonga the vakas sailed into Honiara for the 11th Festival of Pacfic Arts.  Check out Pacific Voyagers blog here for updates on the Festival.

Luk Piksa

Solomon Islands Newspapers

Solomon Star

Solomon Times


Festival photos by Tom Perry. Perry is an Australian writer and photographer living in the Solomon Islands. Do check out his website here for more of his other breathtaking photographs of SI.


Follow the Festival of Pacific Arts >>>> @FOPA2012

Follow the tweets #FOPA

An emotional morning for the Fijian delegates and community in Honiara as they did a traditional Fijian welcoming ceremony called cere for the Uto ni Yalo crew.  

The Uto ni Yalo crew are part of the Pacific Voyagers  seven vaka fleet,  coming from all over the Pacific: Aotearoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, and Tonga. Read more about the Pacific Voyagers arrival on their website here.

I will be sharing photos from the Festival thanks to Tarisi Vunidilo and the Pacific Islands Museum Association (PIMA) on Urban Viti’s Facebook page over the coming two weeks.


11th Festival of Pacific Arts

1 – 14 July 2012, Solomon Islands

Check out the FOPA website for full programme and updates

and on Facebook

Image Sources:

11th Festival of Pacific Arts banner: original photo via the Festival’s website

Arrival of Uto ni Yalo crew: Tarisi Vunidilo and Pacific Islands Museum Association

Updated: 12 July, 2012

2011 South Auckland Pacific Arts Summit

The second Pacific Arts Summit kicks off today in South Auckland with Pecha Kucha Night at Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku.

From grassroots music concerts to Pacific visual arts exhibitions, talks and discussion, heritage arts, theater, language and literature, this year’s Summit weaves together local, national and international talent converging here, to celebrate and showcase Pacific creativity. ~ Ema Tavola, Pacific Arts Co-ordinator, Arts and Culture South, Auckland Council.


The Pacific Arts Summit takes place from 4 May – 4 June 2011 in South Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Pacific Arts Summit blog is packed with information and is a visual feast for those of us who sadly can’t make it to South Auckland. For more information visit the Pacific Arts Summit blog here and the Auckland Council website here.

Wishing Ema Tavola, Nicole Lim and team all the best. Can’t wait for the daily updates!

Poets from the Lunchtime Poetry Slam featuring Charlie Dark, May 2010 at 2010 Pacific Arts Summit

Check out more images from the 2010 Pacific Arts Summit here.

Source and images: 2011 Pacific Arts Summit blog

Oceanic Conference on Creativity and Climate Change – Oceans, Islands and Skies

Oceania has always had at its core traditions in creative expression that empowered us in our relationship with the environment. The imagined past and the lived present was presented in song, dance, drama and stories that always incorporated relationships between the sea, land and sky. Today, new challenges are upon us because we have not treated the sea, land and sky in the spirit of our ancestors. And Oceania is now caught in the maelstrom of climate change much of which is global but affects the local. More than it does the rest of the world.

The conference will bring together writers, artists and environmental activists in providing an alternative culture of determination of responses to issues like climate change. Globally there has been a trend towards incorporating traditional sustainable values on the environment, in modern awareness and activism on the subject. The Pacific has not previously held a conference of this nature, although many agencies, both local and global incorporate traditional values and knowledge into their programs.

Revisiting themes on the idea of the Pacific as Oceania and the central place of the environment and how it harmonized with people in oral literature and traditions, the conference will highlight current works of the writer and artist as activists for the islands. Of particular importance will be a synergy of creative spirits with scientific and environmental knowledge that will better serve the Pacific as face coming climate challenges.

The conference will invite writers, artists, media specialists, scientists and conservationists both from the academic and professional sectors, as well as areas of traditional knowledge, from the Pacific, and globally. The corporate sector, especially companies that espouse environmental values into their profiles, for example, Fiji Water and Pure Fiji, will be invited to come on board.

The conference will be a festival of formal academic papers, showcasing of literary and creative arts, and workshops on traditional knowledge and methods of sustainable environment care. This will provide a foundational synthesizing of creative expression from the Pacific especially in light of the dangers posed by global warming. The conference will provide an opportunity for creative expression in the Pacific to be given context within the current state of the Pacific and its environment. This is timely given the upheavals in the Pacific as nation states face manifold challenges of the environment, globalization and their own growing pains towards nationhood.

Conference Program

Monday 13th September
Time Event Speaker/Convener Venue
9:00am – 5:00pm Registration OIS-OCCCC Secretariat Mokokilagi Bure
11:00am Media Brief and Press Conference Mohit Prasad / All invited speakers and other presenters OCACPS
7:00pm Conference Welcome Cocktails
Opening Of OIS-OCCCC Art Exhibition
Welcome Address – Dean FAL Dr. Akanisi Kedrayate
Art Exhibition Overview – Prof. Vilsoni Hereniko
Opening of Art Exhibition High Commissioner for Papua New Guinea to Fiji – His Excellency Peter Eafeare
Tuesday 14th September
Time Event Speaker/Convener Venue
8.30am – 9.00am Traditional Fijian Welcome Ceremonies
Conference Dedication: Rev Dr Bruce Yeates (Associate Dean L&T FAL)
AUSAID Theatre 1
9.00-9.30 Conference Opening Address: VC – Professor Rajesh Chandra AUSAID Theatre 1
Speaker/Panel/Group Topic
9.30-10.30 Keynote Address: Dr Cathie Koa Dunsford Kaitiakitanga: Protecting Our Oceans, Islands and Skies: Inspiring a Climate Change of Consciousness. AUSAID Theatre 1
10.30am – 10.45am: Morning Tea
10.45am -11.15am Paper I: Dr. Judith Mitoma Water is Rising N111
11.30-12.00 Paper II: Prof. Vilsoni Hereniko The Human Face of Climate Change:
Notes from Rotuma and Tuvalu
12.15pm – 12.45pm Paper III: Dr. Manoranjan Mohanty Human Dimensions, Creativity, and Environmental (Climate) Change: Implications to Pacific N111
1.00am – 2.00am: Lunch
2.15pm – 2.45pm Paper Session IV: Dan Taulapapa McMullin Lologa, The Sea Flood:
Meaning in Oceania Arts in the Age of Global Warming
3.00pm – 4.30pm Book Launch Performance, Book Launch and Book Signing: Pele’s Tsunami. Dr. Cathie Koa Dunsford, Dr. Karin Meissenburg, Global Dialogues Press. 2010 AUSAID Performance Space
7.00pm Evening Function Evening with a Writer: Public Event -Featuring Pio Manoa AUSAID Performance Space
Wednesday 15th September
Time Speaker/Panel/Group Topic Venue
9.00am – 10.00am Plenary Address I: Dr. Susan Hawthorne Ecology in Poetry / Poetry in Ecology AUSAID Theatre 1
10.00am – 10.15am: Morning Tea
10.30am – 11.15am Panel – Literature Convener: Dr. Som Prakash Panelists: Dr. Som Prakash (Chair)
Seona Smiles (Communications Consultant – FNU)
Dr Tony Weir (USP-PACE/SD)
11.30am – 12.00pm Paper V: Dr. Briar Woods Science in the Poetry of Oceania N111
12.15-12.45 Paper VI: Dr Elizabeth DeLoughrey Literatures of the Environment in Oceania:
Climate Change as Nuclear Fallout
1.00pm – 2.00pm: Lunch
2.15pm – 2.45pm Paper VII: Dr. Sina Vaai The Writer in Oceania: Pacific Ways of Seeing the Environment N111
3.00pm – 3.45pm Panel: Copyright and IP: Convener Kathy Moore Creating a Bridge Between Intellectual Property Rights and Traditional Knowledge: Kathy Moore (USP-Chair), Douveri Henao (PIFS), Gail Olsen N111
4.00pm – 4.45pm Community Presentation: Hindi Studies: Dr Indu Chandra and Shalesh Kumar AUSAID Performance Space
7.00pm Evening Function Artists and Performers Evening: Coordinator: Allan Alo and Calvin Rore OCACPS
Thursday 16th September
Time Speaker/Panel/Group Topic Venue
9.00am – 10.00am Plenary Speaker II: Associate Professor David Robie Iconic Environmental Images of Oceania:
Challenging Corporate Media for Solutions.
AUSAID Theatre 1
10.00am – 10.15am: Morning Tea
10.30am – 11.15am Panel – Media : Convener – Shailendra Singh Panelists: Shailendra Singh (Chair), Ricardo Morris (Mylife) Alumeci Nakeke (Seaweb) Dawn Gibson (USP Student) AUSAID Theatre 1
11.20am – 11.50am Paper VIII: Keron Niles Resilience amidst Rising Tides:
Climate Change, Trade and the Competitiveness of the Tourism Sector in Small Island Developing States
11.50am – 12.20pm Paper IX: Jeremy Dorovolomo Children’s Writing and Drawings: Making sense of Natural Disasters. N111
12.20pm – 12.50pm Paper X: Shaiza Janif Narratives of a Lost Land N111
1.00pm – 2.00pm: Lunch
2.00pm – 2.30pm Paper XI: Nilesh Bilimoria Sustainable Development Is An Ethical and Moral Ideal But Does It Have in Essence Practical Legal Effect? N111
2.30pm – 3.15pm Panel – EAP : Dr Rajni Chand Teaching Across Curriculum: Focus on Climate Change – Dr Rajni Chand, Rajend Prasad, Premila Devi and
Renuka Prasad
3.30pm – 4.30pm Paper XII: Theatre Presentation -Dr Ian Gaskell 1-2-3 Jump! The Global Warming Play AUSAID Performance Space
5.00pm – 6.00pm Book Launch – Dr Cathie Koa Dunsford and Meissenburg
Tatau Oceania Imprint and Global Dialogues Press
Songs of the Jahajin – Poems
Mohit Prasad
AUSAID Performance Space
7.00pm Evening Function Writers Evening: Coordinator Anurag Subramani AUSAID Performance Space
Friday 17th September
Time Speaker/Panel/Group Topic Venue
9.00-10.00 am Closing Keynote Speaker
Dr. Karin Meissenburg
Working Cross-Culturally With Literary and Environmental Activists AUSAID Theatre 1
10.00am – 10.15am: Morning Tea
10.30 -11.00 Paper Session XIII: Dr. Otto Heim Breathing Space: Ecology and Sovereignty in Pacific Island Poetry N111
11.00-11.45 Paper XIV: Felicity Heffernan
Craig Marlow
Catherine Morgan
One Sheep and a Tree:
Climate Change in Fiji – a Child Centered View on Climate Change Project (Within an International context)
12.00pm – 1.00pm Film Screening “There Once was an Island:
Te Henua e Nnoho” by Permission of Director/Producer Briar March and Producer Lyn Collie.
1.00am – 2.00am: Lunch
2.30pm – 4.30pm Community Presentation Fijian Studies:
Dr Paul Geraghty and Mereisi Kamoe
AUSAID Performance Space
7.00pm Evening Function Conference Dinner


Conference Convener:
Dr. Mohit Prasad.
Phone: (679) 3232411
Ms. Talei Komaitai-Ritova
Phone: (679) 3232368

Source: Oceanic Conference on Creativity and Climate Change – Oceans Islands and Skies

PAA Symposium, Rarotonga 2010 : Pacific Art in the 21st century: Museums, New Global Communities, and Future Trends

The Pacific Art’s Association (PAA) 10th International Symposium was held in Rarotonga, Cook Islands from August 9-11, 2010. They had a blog up before the Symposium but for some reason all the posts have been deleted:

The theme of the Symposium was Pacific Art in the 21st century: Museums, New Global Communities, and Future Trends. The sessions looked interesting from “The emerging  role of museum websites and other web entities”  to “Representing Pacific Art and Cultures”  and “Contemporary Work by Pacific Artists”, which included presentations by Jenny Fraser – The Other APT, Lingikoni Vaka’uta – Issues and Challenges of Island Based Artists and Dan Taulapapa McMullin – The Myth of the Contemporary and the Myth of the Traditional.

The programme from the Symposium can be viewed from PAA’s website here.

South Auckland Fijian based curator/artist Ema Tavola and Darwin based Pacific Island performance group, Sunameke have uploaded onto Flickr photos from the Symposium.

via Colour Me Fiji on Flickr. CLICK HERE to view photos

via Sunameke on Flickr. CLICK HERE to view photos

Pacific History Conference

Image via Masalai

The Pacific, as a region, is home to numerous communities and diverse cultures. From the Highlands to the Islands, as the waters of the Pacific that shift and change the shorelines, Pacific communities are linked by histories that engage and direct their ways.

The 19th Biennial Pacific History Conference is to expose the Pacific prehistory, Pacific people’s contact with outsiders, adjusting and integrating influences, addressing pressuring issues and directing social, politics, cultural and economic future of the Pacific Region.

Deadline for Abstracts has been extended to 30 June, 2010. For more information visit the Pacific History Association website here.

What: 19th Biennial Pacific History Conference

When: 12-16 September, 2010

Where: University of Goroka,  Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.

Via: Masalai