27 Aug 2008

SPC to evaluate Festival of Pacific Arts

1:19 pm on 27 August 2008

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community says it will evaluate the Festival of Pacific Arts.

With financial assistance from UNESCO, the SPC says it's necessary to analyse the festival, as it hasn't been done since it first held in 1972.

The SPC's Human Development Programme Advisor for Culture, Elise Huffer, says the festival aims to encourage cultural exchange, performances and visual arts.

"The festival has been going strong. It's been held every four years, but it's getting bigger and bigger as an event so I think it's a good time to take a look at it and see how future host countries can learn from the evaluation and how we can keep improving the festival but also keeping its spirit."

Elise Huffer says the study will also examine issues around intellectual property rights, and explore the idea of a festival directorate involving representatives from past, present and future host countries.