October 27, 2007
STUDY TOUR TO THE TENTH PACIFIC ARTS FESTIVAL,
to be held in Pago Pago, American Samoa, in July/August 2008 –
being planned by the Continuing Education Department of Victoria University of Wellington
Held every four years, this Festival allows Pacific Island nations to share their cultures and aspirations with each other and the rest of the world.
The guide for the tour is Jennifer Shennan, who has long standing interests in Pacific dance studies, and who has attended most of the previous festivals held in diverse venues since 1972.
A series of preparatory sessions will be offered in Wellington, and will include guest presentations, video viewing, reading and discussion of selected articles or books. Also considered will be the aims and intentions of the gatherings as expressed by the Festival management and participants.
It is envisaged that this introductory series will also be accessible to those who are interested, but who are not able to attend the Festival itself.