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The cultural industries (traditional and contemporary arts) have the potential to play a vital role in Samoan society and economy. While a few individuals involved in the production of handcrafts, fine arts and fashion are succeeding, there are many gaps and constraints inhibiting a more productive and holistic development across all the cultural industries and often the producers themselves are not being sufficiently recognized or rewarded.
Workshops that aim to set up a platform to enhance what is termed as Pacific cultural industries for future development and sustainability, were recently held in Apia, Samoa. This is a chance to sustain our cultural industry for the benefit of the future, said Tuilagi Allan Alo, President of the Samoa Arts Council (SAC).
Althoughthe participants in the recent UNESCO workshop held in Apia come from different parts of the Pacific, the common goal is to safeguard and preserve traditional architectural skills and knowledge through teaching them in the education system. UNESCO Director Etienne Clement notes the importance of education and the role they play in the future of this heritage.
Local artists will be showing off their creations this week during the 'Arts Fiafia' program, hosted by the American Samoa Council on Arts, Culture and Humanities to celebrate various Samoan culture forms and arts.
The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States was held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. It was preceded by activities related to the conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia, Samoa. It focussed the worlds attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities. The overarching theme of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States was "The sustainable development of small island developing States through genuine and durable partnerships".
Were talking about a way of educating that involves artistic sensibilitiesartistic habits of mind. The ability to re-assess, solve problems and to imagine.