FESTPAC rescheduled to June 2024 

updated By Mare Haimona-Riki

The Festival of the Pacific Arts and Culture, or FESTPAC, which was to be held in Hawai'i in June this year has been rescheduled to June 2024.

It was announced in March that the 11-day event was to be postponed due to growing global concerns over the Covid-19 outbreak.

A post from the official Facebook page was published this morning releasing details of the rescheduling.

FESTPAC is a travelling festival hosted every four years by a different nation, bringing together 3,000 delegates and cultural practitioners from throughout the pacific. 

New Zealand has sent a delegation to every festival since the first South Pacific Arts Festival was held in Fiji in 1972.

This year there were 65 artists representing 27 projects from Aotearoa under sponsors Creative NZ, including current Te Matatini champions Ngā Tūmanako, carver Rangi Kipa, Atamira Dance Academy, Te Pou Theatre and more.

Te Ao Māori News reached out to FESTPAC and Creative NZ, however, both indicated that they could comment until an official statement is made.

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