Parties Plan To Preserve Fijian Culture, Arts Alive

Fiji has a rich and diverse cultural heritage. But to keep it alive, it needs to be preserved. Our culture and traditions are expressed in various forms such as arts,
02 Sep 2014 19:00
Parties Plan To Preserve Fijian Culture, Arts Alive
Northland fullback Saint George Talei fends off a Tailevu tackler during their Skipper Provincial Cup clash at Ratu Cakobau Park (ground 2) on April 17, 2021. Northland won 16-11. Photo: Leon Lord

Fiji has a rich and diverse cultural heritage. But to keep it alive, it needs to be preserved. Our culture and traditions are expressed in various forms such as arts, crafts, music and paintings as well as in stories.

Here is an overview on what the Political parties would do to promote, enhance and preserve Fiji’s rich arts and culture:



The Fiji Labour Party feels that these are neglected areas and apart from its aesthetic and emotional appeal, art, music and culture carry enormous potential for job creation and income generation. The party would:

– Promote and support opportunities for cultural expression and experience through special funds where private sectors and other groups would be asked to assist.

– The rich talent of painters, musicians, vocal artists and entertainers will receive state support to encouragement and opportunity to develop their skills

– FLP will provide support  necessary to restore the Dance theatre of Fiji to its original status and to be widely  used for overseas promotions and heritage sites in Suva, Levuka, Vuda and other places would be restored and preserved

– The development of traditional arts and crafts will help generate incomes for people in outer islands – it will preserve and develop the unique art of each province



The party in its manifesto says that in a world where popular culture is becoming commonplace as a result of globalisation:

– PDP will develop programs to celebrate and promote Fiji’s diverse traditional cultures.

Alongside this, the Party will

– Encourage, support and protect the intellectual property creative work and innovation in the visual and performing arts such as painting, music, theatre, dance and film,

– Recognise the large pool of local talent that exists particularly amongst our youth

– Community groups will be supported through Government to preserve and present traditional cultural programs within Fiji especially via TV and other media and internationally.



During the announcement of the 2014 budget Prime Minister and FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama said “a nation’s heritage and culture are precious resources, and each generation must take care to nurture and protect those things that make us a people. We have a lot to be proud of in Fiji.”

Levuka in 2013 was named a UNESCO world heritage site.

Government would continue to assist in keeping Fiji’s heritage intact.

To this end, $232,000 was allocated for the maintenance of heritage site schools such as the Marist Convent, Delana Methodist Primary, Levuka Public Primary and Secondary and St. John’s College. An additional $200,000 was available for the heritage site listing programme.

A budget of around $1 million was provisioned for the development of cultural and heritage activities in 2014, including a long-overdue extension of the Fiji museum in Suva as well as provided $672,000 for the National War Memorial and War Museum.



The party is proposing a university for traditional affairs in Levuka to focus on;

– Traditional protocols and customary practices and reasoning behind them

– To involve young chiefs and traditional leaders of all ethnic segments to keep the culture alive and to pass on the traditional knowledge

– To attract tourism in to Levuka as a heritage site with more traditional activities of all ethnic segments

– To combine different cultures and customary practices as a united nation and display in the world stage as a multi cultural society

–  To embrace Indian traditions and customary practices and encourage more tourism such as Indian way of wedding ceremonies.



Party Leader Dr Biman Prasad said Fiji’s multicultural heritage is its unique strength.

“Our local artists stand tall on the international stage. The achievements of our local talent are a genuine cause for national celebration,” he said.

“For a country in search of diversification in our economic base, our rich art, music and culture can provide a potentially valuable source of income as well as help generate much needed export earnings for our nation and promote multiculturalism.”

The NFP will:

– provide moral and financial assistance to our local artists to realise their full potential

– provide assistance to local groups which seek to nurture local talent

– facilitate the participation of our artists in local, regional and international cultural events.




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