Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival

Co-hosted by Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival,
01 July 2018, Solomon Islands

The Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival was conceived in 1995 by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). The Festival takes place every 4 years with a goal to promote traditional and contemporary arts from the whole of Melanesia. The festival brings together about 2000 artists and performers from Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Solomon Islands. In 2014, the festival welcomed diaspora Melanesian communities in the Papuan provinces of Indonesia, Timor Leste and the Torres Strait Islanders of Australia into the festival. Below is a history timeline of the festivals hosted since 1998 with their associate themes.

1998 – 1st MACFEST. Solomon Islands. Theme – “One People. Many Cultures

2002 – 2nd MACFEST. Vanuatu. Theme – “Preserving Peace through Sharing of Cultures

2006 – 3rd MACFEST. Fiji. Theme- “Living Cultures. Living Traditions

2010 – 4th MACFEST. New Caledonia. Theme – “Our Identity Lies Ahead of Us

2014 – 5th MACFEST. Papua New Guinea. Theme – “Celebrating Cultural Diversity

2018 – 6th MACFEST. Solomon Islands. Theme – “Past Recollections, Future Connections

In 2018, Solomon Islands is again restarting the festival cycle throughout the MSG countries with the Theme – “Past Recollections, Future Connections”. The festival will run from the 1st -10th July 2018.

Find more information on the Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival 2018