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Pacific Art Festival opens at London's St Martin-in-the Fields


Pacific Art Festival IS NOW OPEN!!

Contemporary Pacific Voices on Arts, Culture and the Natural Environment

October 9-30th2021
St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, UK

A thrilling celebration of Pacific arts and culture took place Saturday 9thOctober at St Martin-in-the-Fields to mark the opening of the inaugural Pacific Art Festival.

Guests were treated to a recorded performance by Fiji-based dance company VOU's re-developed excerpt of Navi Fong's ‘Are We Stronger Than Winston?' which was originally created in 2016 in response to Tropical Cyclone Winston's devastation of land, life and livelihoods in Fiji.

As Fong began a captivating rendition of the Fijian lullabyO O Bawaon screen, former VOU dancer Ta'Arei Weeks entered the exhibition space. Her live performance, also choreographed by Fong, brought an emotive dimension to the opening festivities. Weeks concluded her performance by expressively introducing 2 artworks by Fijian artists Peni Ledua and Saimone Kikau while dancing to a soundtrack sung by VOU founder Sachiko Soro (images of the two pieces can be seen below).

The Pacific Art Festival is a three-week festival running 9-30 October 2021, produced byPacific Island Artists Connectionand hosted by St Martin-in-the-Fields in London's Trafalgar Square.

This event brings together communities from Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea who are based in the Pacific region as well as the UK's large Pacific diaspora.

The festival is freeand includes an art exhibition curated by the talented Sulu Daunivalu (Director, Museum of Pacific & Oceanic Art, Latvia), heritage arts and products and online panel discussions with Fijian and Pacific speakers and performers.

Showcasing both heritage and contemporary arts, including a wide variety of visual art that has never been shown before, the exhibition will take visitors on a journey across the Pacific region whilst highlighting the impact climate change is having on these small island nations and how Pacific communities are fighting back.

Many of the works on display will befor saleand this income will directly assist Pacific Islanders who have been so badly affected by the COVID pandemic. A selection of artists showing in the exhibition include Nicolai Michoutouchkine, Irami Buli and George Evans.

Online events concerning culture and the impacts of climate change in the region will be taking place throughout the festival. Additionally, UK-based Pacific Island community businessesShop with AudreyandTagimoucia UKwill be on site selling handmade Fijian products - perfect for Christmas gifts.

All event updates will be posted atPacific Art Festival London 2021: 9th October - 30th October | Facebook. The exhibition is open every day from 12 noon to 5pm.

For further information and interviews please contact Vanessa Eden (Pacific Island Artists Connection), Tel: 07470 141693,



Notes for Editors:

All event updates will be posted atPacific Art Festival London 2021: 9th October - 30th October | Facebook. The exhibition will also be online from Saturday 9th October. The web address will be released in the week before the exhibition opens. Any purchases of art displayed in the exhibition must be made from this website; the only sales taking place at the festival venue will be the handmade Fijian products being sold by community members.

The festival is being produced and curated by Sulu Daunivalu, Katrina Talei Igglesden and Vanessa Eden.

Public participation:HeartEdge online international panels
Thursday 21st October- online 20h00 BST, 07h00 Fiji Time (22/10);Making UK Connections:

Voices of the Pacific: Pacific arts and culture

A panel of artists and performers talk about Pacific arts and culture plus the impact climate change has had on artist livelihoods in the region.

Info and register here:

Thursday 28th October- online 10h00 BST, 21h00 Fiji Time;Making UK Connections: Voices of the Pacific: New solidarity

A panel discussion focusing on what Pacific Island communities need most from COP26 and how communities can connect anew to amplify the calls for urgent action with the Catholic Archbishop of Suva,theMost Rev. Dr Peter Loy Chong DD.

Info and register here:

Peni LeduaMaliwa (Spaces) below leftSaimone Kikau (Harvest) below right