The University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji
Established in 1968, USP is one of the only two universities of its type in the world. It is jointly owned by governments of 12 member countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Samoa. The University has campuses in all member countries. The main campus, Laucala, is in Fiji. The majority of events during the conference will be held at the Japan Pacific ICT Centre, Upper Campus.
Japan Pacific ICT Centre – Multipurpose Theatre – Laucala Campus
The Multipurpose Theater located in the Japan Pacific ICT Centre on Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji is a state of the art performance space gifted to the University and the region by the Government and the people of Japan.
The Multipurpose Theater is a functional space, well suited to medium-scale events and performances accommodating 307 persons. The stage, set against a backdrop of theatrical velour curtains, film screens, and state of the art technologies and lighting system is perfect for solo or group performances. The staging is designed specially to accommodate events requiring open floor space. The Multipurpose Theater is also ideal for conferences, lectures and films
The Multipurpose Theater includes in-house media and full stage lighting systems with variable presets ranging from focused spotlights sophisticated theatrical lighting system focused on the stage with a control room, from which users can select a variety of lighting options. The media system includes a variety of devices, including microphones, laptops, HD video players, high definition RGB component video inputs and auxiliary devices such as an iPod or other music devices.
Located in the heart of Suva’s Thurston Gardens, the Fiji Museum holds a remarkable collection, which includes archaeological material dating back 3,700 years and cultural objects representing both Fiji’s indigenous inhabitants and the other communities that have settled in the island group over the past 200 years. The Museum is a statutory body governed by the Fiji Museum Act and the Preservation of Objects of Archaeological and Palaeontological Interest Act.
You will get to see the newly refurbished galleries during the conference welcoming and closing reception that will be held on the Fiji Museum veranda.
The Fiji Museum was closed since the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020. During the closure, it was an opportunity to refurbish the museum galleries. In December 2022, the museum completed half of the renovation works and opened its doors to the public.
This new and innovative exhibition – the result of the research project Stories of an Ocean People – honours Fiji’s rich maritime history and Fijians’ longstanding relationship with the ocean. Funded and supported by the Fijian Government, Tokani: Friends of the Fiji Museum, Evolution of Fiji Fashion Show, iTaukei Trust Fund Board, Embassy of France, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Fiji Airways, Bebe Enterprises (Fiji), The Greenhouse Studio, Erasito Consultants, Japan International Cooperation Agency Fiji (JICA) and the Grand Pacific Hotel, the exhibition team has conducted in-depth research on cultural heritage and stories from Fiji’s multi-ethnic communities to increase awareness of these significant but little-known treasures from our shared home.
In February this year (2023), Fiji Museum staff will resume renovations of the remaining galleries. The renovation is expected to be completed in time for the Lapita Conference. During the conference, the Fiji Museum will host a special exhibition showcasing the work of all archaeologists who have contributed to Fiji’s archeology.