Pacific cultural fest a first in the UK


Close on the heels of the British Royals’ high profile visit to Oceania this month, the British people will be showcased a slice of the South Pacific in the United Kingdom a few months from now.  <!--more-->

The first-ever Pacific Island Cultural Festival in the UK expects to attract 3000 - 4000 people to attend at the Ipswich Young Men Rugby Club in Suffolk. The one-day event on August 24, 2014 aims to promote and celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of the Pacific Islands’ culture within the UK and to bring together those Pacific Islanders now settled in the UK, along with their families, friends and those interested in Pacific culture.

It also aims to serve as a platform for island businesses based in the UK as well as from the islands. Fashion designers from Fiji, the Solomon Islands and New Zealand will rub shoulders with British High Street fashion shop managers, say the event’s promoters.

Pacific Island High Commissions, the Commonwealth, Tourism Fiji and Fiji Airways among a few others are sponsoring the event, which will feature music and dance, a fashion show, and even train the spotlight on climate change and rugby. Last year and this year we host mini events as part of the promotion of our festival.

On the May 4, the winner of a Sevens rugby tournament in Ipswich, Suffolk will take part in the festival playing against island teams. Some 1000 people are expected to turn up for the game.

Two mix island teams and three dancing groups representing Fiji, Cook Islands, Samoa and Kiribati will be there to take part in the opening.

For more on the festival, click <a href="">here</a>

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