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Workshop Participants Learn Poetry, Story-Telling

  Fiji’s prominent artist and writ­er, Peter Sipeli, conducted his first ever creative arts work­shop at Daku Resort in Savusavu yesterday. “The workshop was all about po­etry and story-telling ranging
04 Jan 2019 11:00
Workshop Participants Learn Poetry, Story-Telling
Fiji’s prominent artist and writer, Peter Sipeli (third from left) and participants during his first ever creative arts workshop at Daku Resort in Savusavu on January 3, 2019.

 

Fiji’s prominent artist and writ­er, Peter Sipeli, conducted his first ever creative arts work­shop at Daku Resort in Savusavu yesterday.

“The workshop was all about po­etry and story-telling ranging from ways in which people could get more exposure to it and various techniques required to master the art,” he said.

Mr Sipeli said that the theme for the workshop was centred on the New Year, with new mission and vi­sion to kick start 2019.

Participants also got the first hand opportunity to write their own po­ems and songs.

He said that the workshop was part of the Savusavu Tourism Associa­tion strategy.

“I’m a believer that poetry and cre­ativity exists in everyone and in the Fijian culture and way of living,” Mr Sipeli said.

“The art of story-telling was some­thing passed onto us by our ances­tors and preserving it is an impor­tant part of it.

“People have ideally interacted with their loved ones through po­etry and story-telling.”

“Fiji is flourishing with new young artists taking the sector forward.

“I’m so happy to see new poets and artists coming up in Fiji and ex­pressing their thoughts as poetry is a universal language.”

Delia Rothnie-Jones, co-owner of Daku Resort said she had invited Mr Sipeli over since he had been in Savusavu.

“He is a great artist and I’m glad to have invited him over for the work­shop at our resort,” she said.

Mr Sipeli said that he would love to come again to the Northern Divi­sion to conduct similar workshops.

Mr Sipeli is also the manager of Art Talk, a magazine in Fiji focused on art and history.

Edited by Percy Kean

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