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Fiji Arts Council Praised For Work At COP23

  The Fiji Arts Council was yesterday commended by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa for their remarkable work at COP23. Ms Vuniwaqa applauded the council’s
21 Dec 2017 11:00
Fiji Arts Council Praised For Work At COP23
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa at the launch of the Fiji Arts Council website at the Fiji Museum in Suva on December 20, 2017. Photo: Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

 

The Fiji Arts Council was yesterday commended by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa for their remarkable work at COP23.

Ms Vuniwaqa applauded the council’s efforts to promote the various talents of local artisans which was evident in major Government events overseas.

She said through the arts council the world caught a glimpse of not only the exceptional talent present in Fiji but also a taste of the Fijian pride, heritage and culture.

“As Fijians at an international platform as important as COP, we were extremely proud that our culture, displayed through art was being recognised,” Ms Vuniwaqa said.

“We are all aware that since its inception in 1964, the Fiji Arts Council has been engaged in various activities to encourage and promote the works of our artists and craftspeople, including national activities and expanding its role as a coordinating body for the presentations of overseas artists and advocating for the preservation, revitalization and promotion of living heritage and arts in Fiji.”

She acknowledged the relationship between the council and her ministry.

She said in past years it had empowered local women artisans in preparing them for Provincial Craft Shows and the National Women’s Expo.

She also congratulated board members and council staff members for their efforts in the successful launch of their website.

Director Peni Cavuilagi said the role of the council had gradually expanded over the years because of the increasing demand for art and its role in Fiji’s socio-economic development.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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