The third annual Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival (CPAF) will be taking place this week on 9th-11th April at Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia. CPAF is a multidisciplinary showcase of contemporary artists from Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia in Australia. This year the festival is exploring Oceania Now: the spiritual, physical, cultural and political dimensions of contemporary Pacific identity today.
A staple of the festival since its inception, the CPAF Symposium will feature 3 keynote speakers and over 25 Pacific panelists from across the globe, taking part in six discussion panels over two days:
Curating the Pacific: Museum and Gallery Collections and Contexts
Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property
Climate Change: Pacific Art and Activation
Community and Cultural Development with Pacific Communities - PANEL A: Community Arts Projects
Community and Cultural Development with Pacific Communities - PANEL B: Ways of Knowing
Entrepreneurialism in Pacific Arts
The Symposium will also feature the 'PechaKucha' presentations - short visual presentations - and 'Upu - Word', a youth spoken word performance.
Stella Magazine Editor and founder Amanda Donigi will be chairing the panel "Entrepreneurialism in Pacific Arts" this Friday, 10th April. Taking part in this discussion will be panellists Andrew Faleatua, Maureen Unasa, Siliga David Setoga, and Tina Waru.
Tickets to this event are available here.
The Symposium program - including the full schedule and speaker biographies - is available for download here.
WORDS by Pauline Vetuna.
PHOTOS: Stella Editor & Founder - Amanda Donigi + CPAF Market Day 2013 ©stellamag.com