Biggest Melanesian festival underway in Solomon Islands
The Solomon Islands has welcomed 1500 participants to this year's Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival in Honiara.
The festival, held every four years, aims to promote and preserve Melanesian culture, as well as celebrate unique differences between participating nations.
This year's theme is Past Recollection for Future Connections.
The Solomon's director of government communication, George Herming, said hosting the event brings many benefits.
"Through cultural interaction and creating knowledge and understanding of different Melanesian cultures which has resulted in a common understanding between participants as well as governments of Melanesian countries."
"So that's one of the benefits and the other economic benefits of hosting the festival is that it generates revenue," he said.
George Herming said the festival features cultural dance and music performances, as well as culinary arts and fashion.
The Solomon Islands was the first Melanesian Spearhead Group country to host the festival back in 1998.
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