Welcome to the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts on Guam

Guam, the official host of the 12th Festival of the Pacific Arts  in 2016.
The Festival will be held on May 22- June 4, 2016.

 

HAFA ADAI (Greetings) from the island of Guam and her People!

Guam is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the western Pacific Ocean.   Guam is located three to five hours from Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China. It is seven hours southwest from Hawaii, often described as “where America’s day begins” or “U.S. in Asia”.  Guam is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands and is also the largest island in the Mariana Islands archipelago. The capital of Guam is Hagåtña.

The Chamorros, Guam’s indigenous people, first populated the island approximately 4,000 years ago.   The island has a long history of European colonialism. Discovered by Ferdinand Magellan during a Spanish expedition on March 6, 1521, the first colony was established in 1668 by Spain with the arrival of settlers including Padre San Vitores, a Catholic missionary. For more than two centuries Guam was an important stopover for the Spanish Manila Galleons that crossed the Pacific annually. The island was controlled by Spain until 1898, when it was surrendered to the United States during the Spanish-American War and later formally ceded as part of the Treaty of Paris.

As the largest island in Micronesia and the only U.S. held island in the region before WW II, Guam was captured by the Japanese on December 8, 1941, hours after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and was occupied for two and a half years.  Guam was subject to fierce fighting when U.S. troops recaptured the island on July 21, 1944, a date commemorated every year as Liberation Day.

Today, Guam’s economy is supported by its principal industry, tourism, receiving close to one million visitors annually from its neighboring Asian countries, its largest market Japan. Guam’s second largest source of income is the United States military.

 

[ French Translation ]

Bienvenue au douzième Festival des arts du Pacifique

GUAM ACCUEILLE LE douzième Festival des arts du Pacifique en 2016.

HAFA ADAI (Salutations) de Guam et de sa population !

Territoire non incorporé des États-Unis situé dans l’océan Pacifique occidental, Guam est souvent présenté comme l’endroit « où le soleil se lève sur l’Amérique » ou « les États-Unis en Asie ». À près de trois à cinq heures de vol de pays asiatiques comme le Japon, la Corée du Sud, les Philippines, Taïwan, Hong Kong et la Chine continentale, et à sept heures de vol au sud-ouest d’Hawaii, Guam est la plus grande et la plus méridionale des îles de l’archipel des Îles Mariannes. Hagåtña en est la capitale,

Les Chamorros, peuple autochtone, sont installés à Guam depuis environ quatre mille ans. L’île a connu une longue histoire de colonialisme européen. Elle a été découverte par Ferdinand Magellan lors d’une expédition espagnole le 6 mars 1521. Le premier établissement y a été fondé en 1668 par des colons espagnols accompagnés d’un missionnaire catholique, le Père San Vitores. Escale importante pour les galions espagnols en partance de Manille qui traversèrent le Pacifique chaque année pendant plus de deux siècles, Guam était alors sous le contrôle de l’Espagne. À l’issue de la Guerre hispano-américaine, elle passe sous contrôle américain avant d’être cédée formellement aux États-Unis en vertu du Traité de Paris en 1898.

Étant la plus grande île de Micronésie et la seule à être occupée par les Américains dans la région avant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, Guam est capturée par les Japonais le 8 décembre 1941, quelques heures seulement après le bombardement de Pearl Harbour. Ils l’occuperont pendant deux ans et demi, Le 21 juillet 1944, les troupes américaines chassent les Japonais au prix de très violents combats, et ce « Jour de la libération » est maintenant commémoré chaque année.

De nos jours, l’économie de Guam s’appuie sur le tourisme, secteur phare. Près d’un million de visiteurs venus des pays asiatiques voisins, notamment du Japon, séjournent à Guam chaque année. Les forces armées américaines représentent la deuxième source de revenus du pays.

 

Latest Festival News

New Zealand delegation visits Adelup

August 7, 2015

In a meeting this afternoon with representatives from New Zealand, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo exchanged thoughts on the location of the festival grounds, and ideas on how to ensure the success of next years 12th Festival of Pacific Arts: What we own, what we have, what we share — United Voice of the Pacific.

Read More

Festival of Pacific Arts 2016: One-year countdown begins

August 7, 2015

Countdown starts today The Festival of Pacific Arts Coordinating Committee, along with Governor Eddie Baza Calvo, FestPac Coordinating Committee Honorary Chairwoman First Lady Christine Calvo, the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB), the Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities (CAHA) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) announced that today marks exactly one year until the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts (FestPac) officially begins. Guam will be hosting 27 island nations from across the Pacific for what is called the

Read More

New Caledonia Visit

August 7, 2015

Another delegation from the Pacific is in Guam to help prepare for the biggest island cultural festival on island next year. New Caledonia is here to assist with preparations for the 2016 Festival of Pacific Arts. The event will draw thousands of people from around the Pacific, and will showcase their unique cultures. The festival, which celebrates the Pacific’s cultural heritage, is scheduled to run from May 22 to June 4. Leila Bouchet, an assistant at New Caledonia Ministry of Culture,

Read More

First Official Callout for Guam’s Delegation to the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts 2016

August 7, 2015

The launch for the callout will be held in the Multipurpose Auditorium, Building #400, at the Guam Community College (GCC) in Mangilao. CAHA as the lead agency responsible for the development and execution of the artistic program for the festival is also charged with the selection and coordination of the 500-member Guam Delegation. Representatives from the 5 programming committees: Forums, Workshops and Seminars; Literary Arts; Performing Arts; Traditional Arts; and Visual Arts; will be at GCC to provide information, distribute applications and answer any questions.

Read More