“In an olympic-type fashion, FESTPAC 2020 will attract thousands of delegates from more than 27 Pacific Island nations to celebrate the richness and diversity of our indigenous cultures and art. More importantly, this is an indigenous festival for and by the peoples of the Pacific.”
-Sen. J. Kalani English
HONOLULU, Hawaiʻi- At the recently completed 2016 Festival of Pacific Arts (FESTPAC) in Guam, Senator J. Kalani English (Dist. 7 - Hāna, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, Kaho‘olawe) received the FESTPAC flag on behalf of the State of Hawaiʻi symbolizing the honor of hosting the Festival in 2020.
The State of Hawaiʻi will have the prestigious honor of hosting The 13th Festival of Pacific Arts from June 11-27, 2020. FESTPAC is hosted every four years by a different Pacific Island nation. The festival was initiated by the Conference of the South Pacific Commission (now the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, SPC) to stem the erosion of traditional cultural practices. Since 1972, delegations from 27 Pacific Island countries and territories have gathered in an olympic-type setting to showcase their indigenous culture through art, song and dance. FESTPAC attracts thousands of visitors from around the world who appreciate the work of artists, performers and cultural practitioners from different nations in Oceania. The festival also creates a global market for art, ideas and indigenous products.
In preparation for the 2020 FESTPAC, Sen. English introduced Senate Bill 545 which appropriates $500,000 to create a temporary commission on the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts that will plan for the historic event. At a ceremony in his office, the Governor today signed SB 545 into law as Act 104.
For more information, or to read SB545 in its entirely please visit http://capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=545
For more information on FESTPAC 2020, please visit http://www.paifoundation.org/festpac2020/
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