Yap Invited To Send Delegation To French Folklore Festival

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

News Release

Yap State Government Colonia, Yap, FSM

January 6, 2014

Yap state has been invited to participate in an international festival in Confolens, France, according to Sen. Joseph J. Urusemal, chairman of the Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia, Yap delegation.

The invitation to the international festival was extended to the FSM through the French Senate, after a visit to France by delegation from the 17th FSM Congress, which included then-Speaker Isaac Figir.

Chief of media and protocol Sebastian Tamagken, in collaboration with the Yap Visitors Bureau and the Historical Preservation Office, volunteered to coordinate the effort of organizing a dance troupe and delegation to participate in the festival.

Senator Urusemal urged the Yap leadership and the entire state to unite and make the effort a successful one. "This is about our culture, but this also has many political and diplomatic ramifications," he said.

"Many people, not least the French Senate, have stake in its success. I plead for the leadership’s collective efforts and assistance for the project."

He said if Yap cannot make it, then it would be better to let the organizers of the festival know, for it would be "better not to participate than to participate badly."

The Festival du Confolens is an annual event held every second week of August, and is under the banner of the UNESCO NGO International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts.

The festival will mark its 57th edition on Aug. 12-17, 2014. Since its inception in 1958, it has grown from a local traditional dance and music gathering to an international folklore festival.

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