The Festival of Pacific Arts wrapped up in Pago Pago, American Samoa on Saturday, a spectacle of Pacific culture that brought some 2,000 participants from 27 countries together for two weeks of dance and song.

The colorful celebration, the largest gathering of its kind in the Pacific, drew performers from American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Easter Island, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji Islands, French Polynesia, Guam, 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.

Dating back to 1972, the festival is held once every four years in different host countries. Next up, in 1012, will be the Solomon Islands, followed by Guam in 1016. Palau hosted the extravaganza in 2004

The Festival was conceived by SPC’s governing Conference in an attempt to combat the erosion of traditional customary practices. It grew out of the desire, expressed by Pacific Island leaders, for the peoples of the region to share their cultures and establish deeper understanding and friendship between countries.

All photos below of the festival are courtesy Samoa News.

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