Close to 30 Fijian cultural producers are participating in specialised training designed to build on their existing trade skills and provide support for the launch of a national industry association for performing artists.
The training, which ended January 20th in Suva, Fiji, is made possible with the financial support of the European Union and the assistance of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states through the “Enhancing the Pacific Cultural Industries: Fiji, Samoa and Solomon Islands” project, implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS).
The cultural industries in Fiji represent an important economic sector tied to tourism, heritage and culture. This training is being conducted in partnership with the Fiji Department of Heritage and Arts and the Fiji Arts Council and aims to assist performing artists to professionalise and grow their businesses, improve artist welfare, understand business negotiations, and set standards for the industry. The programme will also provide a platform for the formalisation and launch of the Fiji Islands Performing Artists Alliance, a new industry association to develop the sector in Fiji. Read more.