28 September, 2006
Another update on the Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival
The 3rd Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival is a proud moment for Fiji especially during changing times, according to the Festival Director. More than 4,000 people are expected at the Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva, on Monday night, 2 October 2006 for the opening ceremony. The festival's public relations officer said that the evening opening ceremony would be a powerful dramatisation using lights. It would continue the theme of the journey featuring sails moving. While that is happening, different delegations would be disembarking from a Takia (Fijian canoe), coming ashore to the changing tunes of the 4 brass bands and a 500 member mass choir. More than 70 dances from the Cakaudrove Province and Kubuna Confederacy would grace the opening ceremony. Some features of the festival would include some of the unique cultural practices that provinces were known for. These would include the nose flute of Tailevu, salt making of Nadroga, the making of fish and eel traps from the people of Tailevu and Namosi. During the festival, no admission fees will be charged to any of the events scheduled.