All images provided courtesy of Dusk Devi & Pacific Runway
In 2020, the Oceania Centre secured a grant from the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH) to acquire technical support for the documentation of art and heritage projects, upgrade and maintenance of the Oceania Centre’s digital platforms, digitization of learning and teaching materials for the Bachelor of Arts Major in Pacific Studies, Heritage and Arts and the production of the first ever “Home of Pacific Arts” talanoa web series.
In this first Home of Pacific Arts talanoa, renowned Pacific scholar and poet Professor Kona Helu Thaman, shares her insights with Associate Professor C. Frances Koya-Vaka’uta about the importance of Pacific culture and heritage in education for sustainable development.
In this 2nd Home of Pacific Arts talanoa, we hear from business owners of Dance companies based in Suva about their inspirations, creative processes, triumphs and challenges of operating in a such a tight performing arts market and the importance of community awareness and support for aspiring professional dancers. They will also share their creative strategies of staying in business during this COVID-19 crisis.
This episode features the incredibly talented Ateca Halamehi of Moana Loa Performing Arts Centre, Henry Alfonzo Yuan Steele of Wehi Fiji, Katalina Fotofili of ManaVa Performing Arts Fiji and Tevita Naivalubalavu Tobeyaweni of Mata Dance Crew.
Head to the Oceania Centre Facebook page to support these important new digital series, and to see upcoming videos!