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New Caledonia: A Pacific Island or an Island in the Pacific? The Eighth Pacific Arts Festival

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Abstract:

The Eighth Pacific Arts Festival was held late last year in New Caledonia. This was a chance to showcase the Territory's development following the signing of the Noumea Accord in 1998. The fortnight of spectacle featuring over 2000 participants brought out a pan-Pacific concern to synthesise 'tradition' and 'modernity'. The Festival included writing and contemporary art, and provided a number of fora in which artists and administrators discussed common concerns beyond folkloric representations of culture. The place of the art of 'first nations' in museums was also raised. Finally, these fora revealed some divergence in approach between the francophone and anglophone Pacific.

Keywords: 'FIRST NATIONS'; BIENNALE; CULTURAL CENTRE; ETHNOGRAPHY; INDIGENOUS; KANAK; MODERNITY; MUSEE DU QUAI BRANLY; NEW CALEDONIA; PACIFIC ARTS FESTIVAL; TRADITION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2001

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