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In a special meeting with the Festival National Organizing Committee in July, Prime Minister Philip said hosting the Festival is a huge opportunity for Solomon Islands to showcase its unique arts and cultural diversity to the outside world.
The event stems from a project first supported by New Zealand in 1994 to give villagers in Solomon Islands the chance to generate revenue from print and paper making and create a sustainable income.
In consultation with local legal experts in the Solomon Islands, Ms. Terri Janke, WIPO consultant, drafted a Study on IP Management for the Festival of Pacific Arts, with a specific focus on the 2012 Festival of Pacific Arts, which will take place in the Solomon Islands.
The 11th Festival of Pacific Arts will be held in the Solomon Islands in 2012. At the request of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) undertook a scoping mission to report on the intellectual property and traditional cultural expression management for the Festival.
Director of the Division of Culture within the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Robert Au, stressed on the need to revive cultural activities in secondary schools "like in the eighties."
Solomon Islands Culture of Division will soon build a new National Art Gallery funded by the Solomon Islands Government through its Tourism sector.