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"Mana, Voyaging Oceania" concert features Pacific cultural diversity

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Students came in numbers to watch the Mana, Voyaging Oceania concert.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Japan-Pacific ICT Centre was filled to the brim for two nights in a row as members of the USP community and general public witnessed the Mana, Voyaging Oceania from 18-19 October 2018.

The concept was put together by the Oceania Centre showcasing the 12 member countries that make USP and the diverse cultures that call Fiji home, taking the audience on a journey of song and movements through USP’s 12 member countries.

The concert featured dance and music and led by the Oceania Dance Theatre and Pasifika Voices along with more than 200 students from USP, the Fiji School of Medicine with collaboration of students from St Joseph’s Secondary School, Suva Chinese Youth Group and the Shobna Chanel Dance group.

Members of the Oceania Dance Theatre and Pasifika Voices performing at USP.

Dr Francis Koya-Vakauta, Director of the Oceana Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies (OCACPS) said the event was aimed at celebrating our regions rich Pacific Culture and Heritage through the Performing Arts.

“Adopting a Pacific fusion approach, traditional performing arts concepts and styles were incorporated with contemporary dance and music culminating in the Voyaging Oceania production,” she stated.

“As part of USP’s 50th anniversary celebrations this year, we were very pleased to see the huge turnout and support from the public,” she said.

“Responses to the concert have been very positive and it is interesting to see both the local and expatriate communities are keen to experience this particular format of cultural and contemporary performances which represent the diversity of the Pacific,” she said.

A matinee was held on Friday for students of Marist Brothers High School, John Wesley College and Draiba Fijian School including their teachers and parents.

Students and members of the public said that the concert was both exciting as well as a great learning experience of Pacific cultures through the arts.

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