Guam welcomed Lai Veikoso, the festival artistic director for Fiji’s delegation, to discuss ongoing preparations for the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts. Mr. Veikoso met with Festival Director Rose Ramsey and Programming Committee Chair Monica Guzman to discuss the festival’s various events, housing, and performances.
In the last few months, advance teams for the delegations from island nations throughout the Pacific including Australia, Taiwan, the Solomon Islands, French Polynesia, Palau, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Hawaii have made their way to Guam in preparation for FestPac, which is slated as the biggest cultural event in the region. Representatives from the Pacific Community–the organization that conceived FestPac–also have visited Guam to prepare for the festival. The Pacific Community’s biosecurity team is expected to be in Guam next week.
From May 22 through June 4, Guam will host approximately 3,000 artists from 25 Pacific island nations during the 14-day cultural celebration. This will be the largest event to hit the island’s shores since the 1999 South Pacific Games.
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Left to right: Lai Veikoso, festival artistic director for the Fiji delegation; Rose Ramsey, festival director; and Kimberly Camacho, staff assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff.