Cultural policy, festivals and the performing arts in Oceania

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In this presentation I explore the ways in which performing arts festivals, particularly the Festival of Pacific Arts held every four years, shapes cultural and political relations in Oceania.

Recently the Secretariat of the Pacific Community has prioritised development through heritage and the arts in order to "structure the culture sector" in the Pacific Islands. A major tool for this process is building cultural policies in each member state. I discuss the potential impact of this and the ongoing significance of cultural exchange and regional identity formation through the arts.

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Photo courtesy of K. Teaiwa



Also watch an interview of Katerina just before the conference in which she discusses the representation of the Pacific in Australian popular culture

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Last modified on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 17:34
Katerina Teaiwa

Katerina is Pacific Studies Convener in the School of Culture, History and
Language, Head of the Pacific group of scholars in CHL, Head of the Equity
Project in CHL, and Head of the Pasifika Australia Outreach Program. She was
born and raised in Fiji and is of Banaban, I-Kiribati and African American descent.
Her research focuses on cultural policy and cultural industries in the independent
Pacific; cultural approaches to Pacific regionalism; the Pacific diaspora; and
phosphate mining history and culture on Banaba in Kiribati, Rabi Island, in Fiji
and historically in Australia and New Zealand through the work of the British
Phosphate Commissioners. You can read more about here research at the
ANU Reporter. She is a consultant with UNESCO on intercultural dialogue and
sustainable development, and Austraining International and ANU Enterprises doing cross cultural and development training for the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development program. She also has a background in contemporary Pacific dance
and was a founding member of the Oceania Dance Theatre at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.

澳洲國立大學(Australian National University)文化、歷史與語言學院教授,吉里巴斯Banaba島原住民。

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