29 May, 2006

Pacific artists gathering in Suva in July

One of the biggest gatherings of Pacific Islands artists, musicians and scholars is set to take place during the first Pacific Epistemologies Conference in July. Hosted by the University of the South Pacific at its Laucala Bay Campus in Suva from 3 to 7 July, the conference dubbed Vaka Vuku-Navigating Knowledge, brings together 150 delegates from New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the Northern Pacific region. Aside from the presentation of papers, a Pacific film and arts festival will be among the highlights of the week. Conference director, Larry Thomas, said the idea emerged in 2004 when former head of USP's literature and language department, Professor Subramani and other academics raised the need for a forum to discuss issues relevant to the Pacific. Assistant director, Josefa Tuwere, said the event would allow Pacific scholars to discuss different ways and manners of approaching Pacific knowledge as compared to European knowledge. The forum sponsored by NZAID will coincide with the Pacific Arts and Film Festival. A play called Vula, directed by Fiji New Zealander Nina Nawalowalo and a film, No 2 by Samoan New Zealander writer and director, Toa Fraser, will be shown along with other Pacific-based films. Malanga, a music by Samoan New Zealander Igelese Ete which explores religion, identity and movements in a creative style will also be among the highlights. Note from GV : Those that require accommodation in Suva, can book a two bedroom furnished home by clicking on the links at the right hand side of this blog or contacting +679 3396427 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj.

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