(Saturday, February 6, 2016) – The 12th Festival of Pacific Arts Organizing Committee announced today its selection of 500 members who now make up the official Guam Delegation to FestPac 2016. The announcement took place at the Chamorro Lunar Calendar Festival in Tumon with artists, performers and practitioners in attendance waiting to hear if they were selected to represent their art and their island to the greatest cultural event in the Pacific.
As the host country, Guam is allowed up to 500 delegates -- 414 are Council of Arts and Humanities Master Artisans and local residents as well as 86 members of the Diaspora who were announced recently in California. As of Feb. 6, they have become one official Guam delegation that will represent twenty-four disciplines under the Traditional Arts, Literary Arts, Performing Arts and Visual Arts Categories. Additionally, all 500 delegates were bestowed the title of Honorary Ambassadors of the Hafa Adai Spirit, a part of Guam's Hafa Adai Pledge Program.
"Now that we've announced the Guam delegation, it's time for the artists and groups to fine tune their presentation,” said Monica Okada Guzman, Festival Programming Chairperson. "It's Guam's largest delegation ever to the festival, and we are very excited. Now we can get to work to prepare to represent Guam."
Twenty-seven countries and territories throughout the Pacific have been conducting their selection process, and by festival time, the FestPac Coordinating Committee anticipates 2,500 to 3,000 delegates to participate in the festival.
Visit the Pacific Daily News for more photos from Guam Delegation Announcement event: http://www.guampdn.com/story/news/local/2016/02/06/guam-announces-festpac-delegation/79918426