Visual arts

The Fiji Times » ‘Festival promotes local art, local artists’

The Rarama Art Festival 2022 provides a space and forum for artists to showcase their work, says Larry Thomas, Director of the Oceania Center at the University of the South Pacific (USP).

The festival includes a month-long Open Rarama Art Gala at the Oceania Center.

“The month-long visual arts exhibition will provide visibility and hopefully the traffic of people coming will give artists the exposure that we hope they will get,” Thomas said.

“There’s not a lot of support given to artists and I think artists, whether you’re a visual artist, an artisan, a filmmaker, it’s often difficult.

“And so one of the main features of the Rarama festival is really to promote local art and local artists.”

He said that apart from visual arts, attendees also had vocal workshops with Sunia Soko Loga, winner of Korean singing platform “Immortal Songs” in 2022, and acting workshop auditions with Ben Gibson and Moana Loa Performing Arts Center co-founder Ateca Ravuvu.

“The response from people has been very encouraging.

“The exhibition is free, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day here at the center, and we encourage more people to come.”

The month-long festival will end on October 28.