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.

Pasifika Film & Arts Festival (PFAF )

482890_129738303879813_1098965398_nPasifika Film & Arts Festival
Studio 2204

A film and arts festival showcasing issues of interest related to the Pacific Island region.

The first Pasifika Film & Arts Festival (PFAF) is hosted by Studio 2204, from Friday 21 June to Sunday 30 June 2013 as part of Open Marrickville 2013 in Sydney.

PFAF brings stories from the Pacific to Marrickville’s doorstep. Featuring films, shorts, docos and animation from Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, the festival will encourage members of our local Pacific community, especially our youth, to connect with their cultural heritage through visual arts and storytelling, while also sharing our wonderful Pasifika culture with the wider community.

6.00pm – 10.00pm

The PFAF program kicks off with an opening night extravaganza of Pasifika films, art, performance and more.

The Sound of Crickets at Night
Director: Jack Niedenthal & Suzanne Murphy
Length: 80 min
Genre:  Drama
Synopsis: An elderly nuclear survivor from Bikini Atoll summons a mysterious ancient deity to help reunite his family.

5:30pm – 8.30pm

SHORT FILMS FAMILY NIGHT: Animations, short films, comedy and short documenatries

Tales of Nanumea (Animation series)
Director: George Samuels

Tales from Nanumea is an animated series by George Samuels to help save the myths and legends of a sinking nation, Tuvalu. Its aim is to preserve the culture of Tuvalu, raise awareness of global warming, and re-engage youth and Elders through cultural animation.

Pai & Vau
Length: 3.34 min
Genre:  Drama
Synopsis: A Tuvaluan legend about Nanumea’s founder, Tefolaha, and the two island women, Pai & Vau, who once inhabited the island.

Te Lima
Length: 2 min
Genre:  Action
Synopsis: During World War II, somethinginexplicable happens to a small group of Germans after encountering a warrioron the island of Nanumea.

Defeat of Tulaapoupou
Length: 2 min
Genre:  Action
Synopsis: A Tongan giant falls at the hands of Nanumea’s protector, Lapi, leaving an imprint in the land for futuregenerations to remember.

Samuels, George, dir. Pai & Vau. 2008. Animated Film.

Pai & Vau is one of three short animations by George Samuels that will be screening at the Pasifika Film & Arts Festival. Traditions say that the first people to be found on the island of Nanumea, Tuvalu, were two women, Pai and Vau. Tefolaha (a man whose true origins are debated to be either Samoan or Tongan) tricked the two women, with the use of his spiritual prowess, into thinking that he was the true founder of the land. As a result, Pai and Vau were forced to leave the island, leaving Tefolaha as the new founder, guardian and protector.

Director: Tresa Ponner
Length: 12 min
Genre:  Comedy
Synopsis: Sosefina escapes her big, loud, annoying Samoan family and their rundown house to pretend to live in a displayhouse.

Director: Leilani Gibson
Length: 5.27 min
Genre:  Documentary
Synopsis: This filmspeaks of the spiritual world and discusses the traditional story of a beautiful Tongan woman, Fehuluni, as told through the eyes of artist and curator Loketi Niua Latu.

This is My Culture
Director: Ranu James
Length: 4.55 min
Genre:  Documentary
Synopsis: Culture issomething intrinsically linked to who we are, it cannot be separated fromsomeone and to treat everyone the same is to deny our uniqueness.

A Pork Bun for Charlotte
Director: Jason Taouma
Length: 7.21 min
Genre:  Comedy
Synopsis: A heart-warmingtale of love, struggle and a pork bun.



Chanel, Marie, dir. Too Familia. n.d. Short Film.

Too Familia
Director: Marie Chanel
Length: 5 min
Genre:  Drama
Synopsis: Too Familia is a short film by Marie Chanel which is a comedic take on two strangers mourning, trying to hold their composer while hung-over at the wake of a loved one. Unbeknowst to them, their chance encounter at the wake triggers memories of meeting the night before in a drunken mess – leading to the realisation that they’re just too familia.

Pacific Women’s Weaving Circle
Director: Lisa Hilli
Length: 5.39 min
Genre:  Documentary
Synopsis: Love, laughter, excitement and a passion fortradition and contemporary Pacific weaving. It’s a document of what happenswhen Pacific Islander women get together to weave.

The Tongans: Meet the Parents
Director: Kalo Fainu
Length: 22 min
Genre:  Drama
Synopsis: Getting to her high school formal provesdifficult for Siva when her Tongan family get in the way of her big night.

5:30pm – 8.30pm

WEST PAPUA/PNG FILM NIGHT Drama and documentry films from West Papua and Papua New Guinea


Brown, Dominic, dir. Forgotten Bird of Paradise. 2009. Documentary.

Forgotten Bird of Paradise
Director: Dominic Brown
Length:  27 min
Genre:  Documentary
Synopsis: Forgotten Bird of Paradise is a documentary film about the struggle for independence being fought in West Papua.

Painim Aut
Director: Platon Theodoris
Length:  34.26 min
Genre:  Drama
Synopsis: Esther, a teenage girl from Chimbu provincein PNG, fears she has contracted HIV from her boyfriend Jimi.

Bigpela Bagarap (Big Damage)
Director: Davide Fedele
Length:  43 min
Genre:  Documentary
Synopsis: Bikpela Bagarap (Big Damage) reveals thehuman face of logging in Papua New Guinea.

5.30pm – 8.30pm


Upi Mop Le (The Last Fish)
Director: John Harvey
Length:  43 min
Genre:  Documentary
Synopsis: This film explores how Torres StraitIslander artist Ricardo Idagi maintains a sense of connection with ‘home’through his artwork.

The Hungry Tide
Director: Tom Zubrycki
Length:  90 min
Genre:  Documentary
Synopsis: A personal story about a Pacific nation onthe frontline of climate change.

5.30pm – 8.30pm

WEST PAPUA/PNG FILM NIGHT Drama and documentry films from West Papua and Papua New Guinea

Ironic Survival
Director: Urbanus Kiaf, Wenda Tokomonowir, LeoMoyuwend
Length:  5.46 min
Genre:  Documentary
Synopsis: After living in harmony with nature forgenerations, Alex Mahuze is forced to earn money through means that ironicallyharm the environment.

Hopes of the Cendrawasih Children
Director: FX Making
Length:  7 min
Genre:  Documentary
Synopsis: Primary school children in Arso on the Indonesian-Papua New Guinea border are keen to study – but teachers rarely cometo the local school.

The Last Hunter
Director: Urbanus Kiaf
Length:  8.23 min
Genre:  Documentary
Synopsis: In 1990 the Wasur National Park in Meraukewas made to protect the biodiversity and empower the local inhabitants.  In 2012 there are very few animals left inthe park.  Hunter Leo Wambitman is on theverge of giving up his bow to sell timber instead.



Pollet, Olivier, dir. Canning Paradise. 2012. Documentary.

Canning Paradise
Director: Olivier Pollet
Length:  90 min
Genre:  Documentary
Synopsis: Decades of overfishing by the global tunaindustry have now pushed the final frontiers to the waters of PNG.  Canning Paradise follows the struggle of indigenous tribes to protect their sacred way of life.

5.30pm – 8.30pm


The Embrace of Night (Go to Sleep)
Director: Robert George
Length:  5.34 min
Genre: Experimental
Synopsis:  ‘The space that is occupied between myths & dreams’
A five minute experimental video installation that attempts to describe our interiorlandscape. A place where people naturally blend their busy waking lives withtheir emotions and ideas to create a narrative that is completely unique tothem, and yet universal to us all.

Reva Reva
Director: Paia Juste-Constant
Length:  7.55 min
Genre:  Documentary
Synopsis: Reva Reva is a story about filmmaker Paia Juste-Constant’s connection to her grandmothers and their full body tattoos.This beautiful canvas is far greater than a staining of the skin, more than apattern of ink.

Director: Story Weavers
Length:  15 min
Genre:  Drama
Synopsis:  Pearl is a short film written, directed and filmed by acollective of young people from Pacific backgrounds – incorporating everyone’sidea of how it is to be a young Pacific person living in Australia NOW! It’sthe story of Dinah, a young woman struggling with her grandmother’s death andthe demands that her family place on her.

My Moko
Director: Andrew Scarano
Length:  6.30 min
Genre:  Documentary
Synopsis: Brent Kerehona takes us behind hisMoko to reveal issues of identity crisis and culturally conflict he has had todeal with growing up in Australia.


McCartney, Marina, dir. Milk & Honey. 2012. Short Film.

Milk and Honey
Director: Marina McCartney
Length:  15 min
Genre:  Drama
Synopsis:  A chance meeting between two Samoan immigrants forces them to contemplate their future in the land of milk and honey.

Common Kings: We on Tour
Director: Hagoth Aiono
Genre:  Documentary
Australian Premiere Common King’s We On Tour short documentary

Pasifika Film and Arts Festival

Studio 2204

20 Farr Street, Marrickville,
NSW, Australia

Friday 21 – Sunday 23 June 2013
Friday 28 – Sunday 30 June 2013
5.30pm – 8.30pm

Opening Night: Friday 21 June 2013
6pm – 10pm

Tickets for the OPENING NIGHT event are FREE – however please book online for catering purposes.

For all other screening sessions: Adult tickets are $5 per session and children under 12 are free.

For screenings please take along your own cushion or pillow (limited seating available).

Bookings essential via:


Twitter: @PFAF2013

PrintStudio 2204 was started by photographer/filmmakers Kalo Fainu and Tanja Bruckner and is a creative space in Marrickville, a suburb of Sydney’s Inner West. The space is available for film, photography, workshops, exhibitions, events etc. Website: Facebook:

For more information contact:
Kalo Fainu 0424 445 839 or Tanja Bruckner 0424 456 004

All Images: via PFAF Facebook page


Talanoa: Larry Thomas (IWOIFF)


The inaugural Islands in the World Oceania International Film Festival  (IWOIFF) will be hosted by the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji from 15-20 April 2013.

I talanoa with Festival Director playwright and filmmaker Larry Thomas about the Film Festival and he offers some advice to aspiring Pacific film-makers.

How did the Film Festival come about and what do you hope audiences will experience and take away from the festival?

There have been quite a number of film festivals in Fiji but the problem is sustaining it and to do this requires major support in terms of resources and funding and support from the international community of filmmakers and producers. Fiji National University have been organising film festivals for some time and credit should be given there.

Last year they organised a large one and hope to repeat it this year. We don’t want to replicate the FNU festival. The Islands in the World International Film Festival (IWOIFF) came about really for a number of reasons;

1.       We have a public that loves going to the cinema but just loves watching films, period.

2.       There have been many films made about the Pacific but hardly any from the point of view of Pacific Islanders themselves.

3.       We have ‘technicians’ who are interested in the medium but often don’t have the exposure.

4.       By having an international film festival here we hope to attract people working in the industry who can come here and share some of their experience and knowledge with our local filmmakers.

But to really answer your question, Dulcie, I hope audiences will experience and enjoy films that don’t often make it to the commercial cinema and see that that there is a huge variety of films that are fascinating and amazing and tell stories that we can learn form, be educated and be inspired.

The films shown are both documentaries and feature and I hope audiences will go away a little more broadminded and appreciative of the great films that will be shown but also to listen to filmmakers talk about their experiences in making their films. And I hope they will take much more, each person will of course take away something that no doubt they can relate to.

As a film maker yourself what challenges have you faced, and what advice would you have for aspiring Pacific film-makers?

There are many challenges and funding is just one of them. I think the biggest challenge is finding a supportive and conducive ‘community’ if I can call it that. People AND institutions who can appreciate and understand the passion of the filmmaker and provide that support.

The response will generally be, ‘yeah that’s a great idea, good luck, all the best’ and promptly change the subject to something else. We need to begin a ‘community’, of people who can appreciate and contribute productively and constructively to the passion of someone wanting to make films.

One way of building that is a film festival that can bring people and international filmmakers here to share and exchange ideas and provide moral support. There are no shortage of stories and technicians.

My advice to anyone out there wanting to make films, write plays, write a script etc., is to just go ahead and DO IT!! There are many excuses that can prevent us from doing what we want but if you have the determination and the passion then you can do it, no matter what!

Islands in the World Oceania International Film Festival  (IWOIFF)

15-20 April 2013

University of the South Pacific
Suva, Fiji



Twitter: @OceaniaFilmFest

Urban Viti:

Interview conducted via email 2 Apirl 2013.



The inaugural Islands in the World Oceania International Film Festival  (IWOIFF) will be hosted by the University of the South Pacific, at the Japan ICT Centre, in Suva, Fiji from 15-20 April 2013.

Festival Director, Larry Thomas said, IWOIFF’s intention is to bring international films to Fiji that would otherwise never hit the mainstream and provide an opportunity for Fijians and Pacific island filmmakers, technicians and artists to meet, learn and be informed of film and filmmaking in all forms.

Internationally renowned French film maker, Alfred Lot, known for his role as Associate Producer in the film Transporter starring Jason Stratham and as 1st Assistant Director of Kiss of the Dragon starring Jet Li will be attending the Film Festival, with two of his own films, Melody’s Smile and A Spot of Bother, scheduled to be shown at Village 6 Cinemas during the week. He will be joined by other French Filmmakers and movie directors, as well as directors from French festivals such as Michel Degorce-Dumas for the Rochefort Film Festival and René Boutin for the People’s Film Festival “Anûû-rû abôro”. The festival will be launched by the Ambassador of France, H.E. Mr Gilles Montagnier.

Other films scheduled include O Le Tulafale (The Orator), a Samoan feature film, set in Samoa, Children of the Bomb, the winner of the grand prize at FIFO (The Oceania Documentary Film Festival) in Tahiti, and a selection of Maori short films.

The festival, expected to be the first of many, is being made possible with support from the Rochefort Film Festival in France, The French Embassy, The University of the South Pacific, The Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) at USP, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and Film Fiji.

Check out the IWOIFF website here for the festival programme and their Facebook page here for daily updates.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting an interview with Festival Director, Larry Thomas. We talanoa  about the film festival and film making in the Pacific. Update: You can view interview here.


Islands in the World Oceania International Film Festival  (IWOIFF)

15-20 April 2013

University of the South Pacific
Suva, Fiji



Twitter: @OceaniaFilmFest

Source: IWOIFF media release. Images: via IWOIFF website

2013 Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival


2013 Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival

5-7 April 2013
Melbourne, Australia

The Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival (CPAF) has been developed by Footscray Community Arts Centre and the Big Island Collective to bring together a series of events that showcase excellence in Pacific contemporary arts in Melbourne. This exciting cross artform event includes exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, a community day celebration, forums and much more!

Big Island Collective is a newly formed group of artists and arts practitioners living and creating in Melbourne. They have come together to co-curate and co-produce CPAF, bringing together artists from across the Pacific and Australia.

The CPAF 2013 program

Bilum-making workshops

6pm – 9pm every Thursday, 21 February – 4 April
The Jack Kennedy Room at Footscray Community Arts Centre
$35 for 7 workshops. BOOKED OUT

Learn to make your very own bilum, a traditional Papua New Guinea string bag, with Aunty Vicki Kinai.

Pacific Writing and Poetry Workshop

1pm – 5pm, Saturday 23 March
The Basement Theatre at Footscray Community Arts Centre

Pacific Islanders interested in writing, storytelling and the spoken word are invited participate.

New way – Te Ao Hurihuri open studio

Open studio 20 March – 4 April, exhibition 5 April – 5 May
Gabriel Gallery, Footscray Community Arts Centre

Niuean born artist Kui Taukilo and Maori weaver Shona Te Hau from Aotearoa (NZ) will create work during a 2 week open studio and resulting in an exhibition.

Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival Symposium


11am – 3pm Friday 5 April
The Performance Space at Footscray Community Arts Centre

Symposium Curated by Torika Bolatagici.

The CPAF forum series brings together critical thinkers, creative practitioners, academics and arts industry professionals whose work engages with the contemporary Pacific.

The program will include 3 discussion panels around the following themes;

11:30 – 1:00: Mobilizing Pasifika: Intersections of art, activism and community: Lia Pa’apa’a (Chair), Ronny Kareni, Airileke Ingram
Natalie Pa’apa’a, Nic Maclellan

2:00 – 3:30: Who Will Claim Me: Authenticity and identity in contemporary art of the Pacific diaspora:
Torika Bolatagici (Chair), Kirsten Lyttle, Jacob Tolo, Maryann Talia Pau
Léuli Eshraghi

4:00 – 5:30: Addressing the Archive: Pacific collections in Australian museums and galleries:
Namila Benson (Chair), Lisa Hilli, Sana Balai, Taloi Havini

Each panel discussion will run for 60 minutes and will conclude with 20-30 minutes audience Q&A.

Follow the CPAF Symposium here on Facebook.

Meleponi Pasifika

Friday 5 April- Sunday 21 April 2013
Roslyn Smorgon Gallery at Footscray Community Arts Centre

A multi-disciplinary exhibition showcasing a broad range of contemporary artists from Melbourne’s Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian communities.

Community Day

11am – 4pm, Saturday 6 April
Footscray Community Arts Centre

A family friendly event celebrating the coming together of diverse Pacific communities living right here in Melbourne.

SatelliteYouth Events

Story Weavers

uv.story.weaversStory Weavers will feature short films developed by young Pacific Islanders in Melbourne through a series of workshops run by Signal in Feb-Mar. The participants learn new skills in performing, using cameras, writing, directing, sound design, sound recording and editing.

Story Weavers is produced and facilitated by filmmakers Lisa Hilli, Robbie McEwan and George Samuels with support from Youthworx Media and Pacific Stories.

Story Weavers film premier will be the closing event for the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival.

Pacific Youth Filmmaking Project, February and March
Signal Youth Art Space

Pasifik Young Artists

Opening 6pm 9 April
Exhibition running 10 April – 27 April
Colour Box Studio

Pasifik Young Artists 2013 is a unique exhibition showcasing the emerging practice of Pasifik art and design students across artforms. Submissions open until Friday 26 March.

Festival Opening Night Launch

Friday 5 April 2013
6pm – 8pm
Roslyn Smorgon Gallery and Gabriel Gallery at Footscray Community Arts Centre

The launch of Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival and opening of exhibitions New way – Te Ao Hurihuri and Meleponi Pasifika.

Special tissu acrobatics performance by Natano Fa’anana, an opening address by Black Dot Gallery curator, Jacob Talo, Tongan dance by Josephine Inia, a performance of traditional and contemporary Polynesian rhtythms by Suga and delicious West Papuan food.

2013 Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival

5-7 April 2013
Melbourne, Australia


The Big Island Collective is: Sana Balai, Amie Batalibasi, Torika Bolatagici, Léuli Eshraghi, Lisa Hilli, Josephine Inia, Lia Pa’apa’a, George Samuels, Christine Sevita, Maryann Talia Pau, Jacob Tolo, Grace Vanilau and Pauline Vetuna.

For more information about the festival, visit the Footscray Community Arts Centre website and follow Big Island Collective on Facebook.

Tip: the words highlighted in colour take you on a journey of discovery…click away…

Source: Big Island Collective, vinaka Grace Vanilau, Léuli Eshraghi, Lia Pa’apa’a and Lisa Hilli.

Image credits:
1. Torika Bolatagici, 2013
2. ‘Mekameka Weave’ by Kirsten Lyttle, 2012
3. Robbie McEwan, 2012

Pasifika Film & Arts Festival


 20 June 2012 UPDATE: See for program and list of featured films.

The first Pasifika Film & Arts Festival hosted by Studio 2204 is on from Friday 21 June to Sunday 30 June 2013 as part of Open Marrickville 2013.

Submission for the Pasifika Film & Arts Festival is open to Pacific Islanders from Australia, as well as International submissions. The organisers are looking for entries for short films, docos, animation, photography and visual art pieces to be considered for the festival.

“I would strongly encourage Pacific Islander artists to put their hands up and get involved by submitting entries to the festival. We would definitely encourage as many artists from the Pacific community to get involved and represent themselves and their communities through their artwork.” ~ Kalo Fainu

Submissions due 10 MAY 2013. For more information phone + 61 2 8959 2110 or email or check the Pasifika Film & Arts Festival Facebook page here for updates.


PrintStudio 2204 was started by photographer/filmmakers Kalo Fainu and Tanja Bruckner and is a creative space in Marrickville, a suburb of Sydney’s Inner West. The space is available for film, photography, workshops, exhibitions, events etc.

Kalo Fainu wrote, produced and directed The Tongans: Meet The Parents (2011), a film about a Tongan family living in suburban Sydney.

Since making the film, Kalo has been on the search for Pasifika films, filmmakers, story tellers and visual artists. The idea of hosting an event to showcase Pasifika film/photography and art has always sat in the back of her mind and when the opportunity to host one at the Open Marrickville 2013 came up, she jumped at it. The festival celebrates culture and diversity in Marrickville.

Tanja Bruckner is established fashion photographer and exhibited artist. Her commercial photography work has been published by numerous leading popular culture periodicals. She has an interest in the West Papua movement.

Last year Kalo and Tanja travelled to Papua New Guinea to shoot at the Morobe Agricultural show in Lae, and the Kenu and Kundu Festival (Canoe & Drum Festival) in Alotau.


Pasifika Film & Arts Festival

Open Marrickville 2013


The Tongans: Meet The Parents

Images courtesy of Kalo Fainu

Sia in Taro

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