The ATFA team has been working hard to prepare for the upcoming festival, unfortunately the festival will be delayed until next year. We would like to say a big thank you to all artist’s and participants who have responded so positively to our enquiries. We will continue with preparations for the arts festival and will update the public with the new festival dates asap.
The newly formed Western Solomon’s Arts Council -WSAC shareholders pose for a photo after their first meeting with the new staff from ATFA. ATFA is the team who are managing the inaugural Festival of Arts to be held in the Western Province from 2013 onward. WSAC – a community owned organization that is responsible for promoting cultural events and festivities and supporting local artist in the Western Province.
A keen artist who will be exhibiting his work in the upcoming Akuila Talasasa Festival of Arts is John Wayne. John is a wood carver and was a part of the recent 11th Festival of Pacific Arts held in Solomon Islands last year. We met up with him during our trip and we were impressed by his carving skills. Below is John with three of his carvings.
“Two months to the beginning of the Akuila Talasasa Festival”
The inaugural Akuila Talasasa Festival of Arts will be held from the 23rd – 25th October in the Western Provincial capital of Gizo. The 3 day festival aims to show-case artistic activities, demonstrations, performances, and dynamics that are traditional and historical to the people and communities of Western Solomon’s. The festival will include traditional bamboo bands, cultural dance performances, tomoko (war canoe) demonstrations and live band performances. This free event will also involve art and craft displays and demonstrations including local basket weaving, wood carving, stone carving, painting and many more.
The Akuila Talasasa Festival of Arts is calling all artists in the Western Province to enter the Art and Craft Competition. All registered items will be exhibited at the Festival on October 23-25 in Gizo, with the winners announced on the morning of the 24th October. The various categories are Stone Carving, Wood Carving, Weaving, Photography, Painting and Tapa Ware.
For each category, artists can only enter one item for exhibition. The prize will be $2000 for the winner of each category!!
Registration of items will take place in the Festival Village at the Gizo Netball Court. Registration will be open from Monday 14th October – Tuesday 22nd October.