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12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam
With Pacific Islands Institute
Program Details
The Festival of the Pacific Arts is held every four years since 1972, and brings together artists and cultural practitioners from around the Pacific region for two weeks of festivity. It is recognized as a major regional cultural event, and is the largest gathering in which Pacific peoples unite to enhance their respect and appreciation of one another.

The idea of a Festival of Pacific Arts was conceived by the Conference of the South Pacific Commission (now the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, SPC) in an attempt to combat the erosion of traditional customary practices. Since 1972, delegations from 27 Pacific Island Nations and Territories have come together to share and exchange their cultures at each Pacific Arts Festival. A delegation of 2,500 performers, artists and cultural practitioners is expected, in addition to thousands of visitors from Asia and festival followers who see to it they are part of the festival every four years.

The 27 Pacific Island Countries and Territories expected at the festival are: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Easter Island, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji Islands, French Polynesia, Guam (2016 Host), Hawaii, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna.

Guam made its bid to host the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts and was awarded this distinction at the 10th Festival held in American Samoa, in 2008. It was during the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts held in the Solomon Islands, July 2012, where Guam officially received the festival flag. The 2016 festival is Guam’s opportunity to showcase its unique Chamorro culture that has survived colonization of the past and modernization of the present.

Discussions dictated that the theme had to represent the Chamorro’s, indigenous people of the Mariana Islands. Chamorro traditions and culture have been over shadowed by western influences that lead to the loss of connection between the Chamorros and their pacific brothers and sisters. The recent resurgence of indigenous identity and cultural preservation started the reconnection with other pacific island nations. The struggle of reconnection lead to the following theme:                
  • What we own (I Pa’an Taotao Tano') – Our way of life, our identity as indigenous people.
  • What we have ( I guinahan I Tano' yan I Tasi) – Our resources from land and sea that have sustained our people for thousands of years.
  • What we share ( Inaafa Maolek) – Our hospitatlity and our kindness that Chamorros give to all.
  • United voices of the Pacific (Taihinekok) – Never ending of our people’s way of life, the respect from us and to us.


Get an insider’s look at the Festival, overview of Guam (island tour) with Chamorro cultural insight and exclusive access to special speakers and festival delegates.  You will also have some time to explore the festival on your own following your own interests – dance, music, arts and crafts, etc. 

Only $3,500 per person based on double occupancy, daily breakfast and room accommodations, some meals (including welcome and farewell dinners), tours and activities, and fully escorted during PII-arranged events and more. [Air to/from Guam and personal items not included.]  Optional bed and breakfast extension through the end of the Festival also available. 


~  Air transportation between your home destination to festival

~  Hotel pre-stay accommodations (if necessary)

~  Transportation between hotel and festival venues

~  Items of a personal nature



       This information has not been released yet.  Please check back for more about our 2016 terms & conditions
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Participant Responsibility:  Participants assume the responsibility to select a trip appropriate to their physical abilities and interests.  Participants are responsible for being in sufficiently good health to undertake the trip and for studying the pre-departure information.
Travel Insurance:  We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance through PII or on your own.  Please note that if you purchase the travel insurance offered through PII within two weeks of confirming your enrollment based on this letter, you generally receive fuller coverage (typically coverage of pre-existing conditions).  Please confirm this with the insurance company or broker.   Insurance can cover you in the event you need to change or cancel your travel plans for covered reasons.  You may check the following link to sign up, or upon request and receipt of your registration and deposit/full payment, we will send you travel insurance information.
For those who are already registered for the program, please take a moment to download your Welcome Materials and forms to be filled out and sent back to our offices. Click on the links below to access the materials.  Should you have any questions along the way, please feel free to contact us.
Welcome Letter
Welcome Information Packet
Required Forms