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Truth, identity and a sense of 'Pacificness'

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Ian Gaskell
In what is considered to be the Pacific’s largest regional cultural gathering, the Festival of Pacific Arts brings together delegations from twenty-seven countries to showcase a variety of cultural practices. First held in Suva in 1972, the Festival has since been staged every four years in one of the participating countries on a rotational basis. From its inception, the Festival was intended as a way of protecting traditional indigenous culture and its expressive forms against the perceived threat of globalisation. At the centre of its rationale lie a number of conundrums: questions about tradition, authenticity and identity. At the 10th Festival held in Pago Pago in 2008,the Fiji delegation brought a play that challenged the Festival's ideological underpinnings.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

55

Start Page

132

End Page

149

Number of Pages

18

ISSN

0810-4123

Location

Bundoora, Vic

Publisher

Theatre and Drama Program, La Trobe University

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Business, Informatics and Education; Learning and Teaching Education Research Centre (LTERC);

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Australasian drama studies.

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