The mainstay of the Centre is the Artist Training and Development – a yearlong Trainee Visual and Performing Artist Residency. The development programme is open to USP students and to new and emerging artists from the USP region. Resident Artists have the opportunity to engage in commissioned artworks as well as travel regionally and internationally within a broader cultural diplomacy engagement. Over the years, numerous artists have gone on to receive international awards and recognition
The Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies houses two Performing Artist groups, Oceania Dance Theatre (ODT) and Pasifika Voices (PV), founded on the rationale of the power of the arts to inspire, empower and advocate for change.
The Oceania Dance Theatre is a registered USP trademark for the creation and production of original contemporary performing arts at the University. The Oceania Dance Theatre’s original choreography and innovative repertoire of dances is inspired by Oceania’s past traditions. Our core performing artists have an average of 10 to 17 years of experience, performing on international platforms from conventions to workshops; collaborations as guest artists; and in cultural diplomacy representation for the University.
Pasifika Voices is a registered USP trademark for the creation and production of original contemporary performing arts at the University. In 2011, Pasifika Voices, a Fiji-based choral youth group joined the Oceania Centre and has since established itself as one of the core performing USP groups. The original group comprised USP students who had performed in the USP Malaga Musical production in 2006 and 2007. Initially known as the Malaga Singers, the group later formed Pasifika Voices and maintained affiliation with the University until official integration in 2011. The Pasifika Voices Choir have organized and performed at various events that have paid special attention to the community we strive to serve and impact.