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PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia (May 5, 2002 - Tahitipresse/PINA Nius Online)---Tahiti this year is introducing new events and improving existing ones to promote culture and tourism.

From September 18th to the 21st, a new arts festival will be launched for painters and carvers from all the islands of French Polynesia.

"This is just the first step," said festival manager Taina Calissi.

"We would like to extend the festival to all the Pacific Islands. This event, centered on carvings and paintings, could take place every two to three years.

"It will start in Tahiti but it could well be organized in other countries in the future."

Three regional artists -- from Hawai‘i, New Zealand and Easter Island -- will be invited to the first festival.

Then, a new photo festival will be organized in Tahiti from October 7th to 13th.

Famous French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, who spent several years taking pictures of countries around the world from the sky, is expected to participate in the event.

Meanwhile, the organizers of the "Heiva," Tahiti's traditional song and dance contest, in July, said they will focus on providing the audience a better show.

Shows will start on time and finish earlier than in the past years, they said.

In a move to attract more people to the shows themselves, dances will not be shown live on TV any more.

For additional reports from Tahiti Press, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Sources: Agence Tahitienne de Presse.

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