Fiji’s head of delegation to the 2018 Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival and Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs, Naipote Katonibau has thanked the Solomon Islands government and its people for the successful hosting of the event.
“I thank the Solomon Islands government for the time and effort they have put into organising the 6th Macfest. You have again raised the standard – from the fireworks in the opening ceremony, the inclusion of children in the performances, to the generous spirit you have showed us during our stay here. I am in awe of what your country promises and will no doubt return one day to enjoy the historical sites I am told I need to see. Thank you Solomon Islands.”
Katonitabua added that the MACFEST is a rather unique setting and the festival provides a platform for our old and young to convene and learn from each other.
“It brings together a broad range of people; our young working demography, the unemployed, and the older generation who have passed onto us the intricacies of our carving and our oral historians who have told our stories through songs and dances.”
The next MACFEST will be hosted by Vanuatu in 2022.