Solomon Islands: Guadalcanal Weaving Festival.. if you’re keen to check out a fascinating cultural festival, the Guadalcanal Weaving Festival will be held at Lela Beach 1-7 August. The festival is the first of its kind and is the result of a massive effort including representation of all21 Wards of the Guadalcanal Province. Weaving demonstrations, workshops, pan pipers, traditional dancers, gifting ceremonies.. more information attached Reply

Guadalcanal Weaving FestivalIf you’re keen to check out a fascinating cultural festival, the Guadalcanal Weaving Festival will be held at Lela Beach 1-7 August. The festival is the first of its kind and is the result of a massive effort including representation of all

21 Wards of the Guadalcanal Province. 

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Open-air Arts & Crafts in the park, outside the Art Gallery, Honiara Reply

Open Air Arts & Crafts in the park..’ Honiara, Solomon IslandsOpen 10am-4pm (best times)

Part of the Solomon Islands National Art Gallery (SINAG), Honiara..

Outside, under the colourful market stalls, you’ll find an array of hand made products by local Solomon Islanders, some of the traditional skills have been handed down thru their family generations, and show a strong Melanesian cultural influence.. they also use this space as their ‘studio’ and you can see them sitting under a tree, carving, using the specific timber or stone that they have been taught to use.. one of the carvers, Billy Vinajama is 82 years of age, from Gatokae Island at the gateway of Marovo Island, Billy is very passionate about his carving career & achievement and informs me he has been carving in stone for 44 years..



The ‘Avaiki Women’s Group (Women’s Arts & Crafts Group) are hapi, vibrant & actively involved in their craft: the weavers make mats, bags/ baskets/ kete (bag), fans/ jewellery & many more.. there are makers of print/ tie-dye on t-shirts/ dresses/ lavalava & cloth, some make jewellery produced out shell beads/ paper beads into intricate pieces of wearable jewellery.. the women’s leader is ‘Janet Ramoteo’

Avaiki Women’s Group: (women’s group photo)




L-R; 1:Janet Ramoteo, 2:Ela Maesulia, 3:Lucy Bangoika, 4:Nancy Tangangiki, 5:Ruth Sina, 6:Tala Maitaki, 7:Nancy Teabaika, 8:Melina Teahe, 9:Joyce Augia, 10:Nancy Tango, 11:Tusiato Graley, 12:Nesary Taiake, 13:Rose Maenaha..

L-R; 1:Lisah Tony, 2:Marion Tembe, 3:Grace Delson, 4:Rose Sasali, 5:Tahira Joe, 6:Jewter Orelly, 7:Rosa Giaka, 8:Rosana Farodo

Contact: If you have any enquiries, please contact Janet Ramoteo, Avaiki Women’s Group.

You can also ring Janet +677 773 0174 (Women’s Group Leader)

Location: Main Street of Honiara, on the corner, next to the round-about that leads to the Heritage Park Hotel, in the surrounding grounds next to the Solomon Islands National Art Gallery, (or, if staying at the Heritage Park Hotel Honiara, it is on the right side as you enter), there is a entertainment stage, large building that hosts & exhibits up to 60 local artist’s work, from paintings, sculptures, woven craft, jewellery out of paper & shell & carvings in timber & stone.. and more, these are for sale.

Opening times: 10am-4pm/ Monday-Saturday  ((Note: Some Stall Holders open on Sundays, but not all))

So, come down and have a chat, or you can watch traditional local & national Solomon Islander carvers, weavers, knitters & jewellery makers create their magic..

Looking For New (Improved) Editor 4

Well the time has come, as the walrus said. There is only a few weeks before we ‘go finis’. 
I didn’t get to do all that I had wanted to do with Pineapple Post. Not by a long shot. But it is still a great searchable archive of how, why, when and where of life in Honiara created by Jackie Eager before me and an active Facebook page that reaches a few thousand Solomon Islanders. And as I look up the first thing I wrote about how to register your car, so I can do it before we leave, I know that at least that one article has been very useful.

Instead of following up Jackie’s fine work I’ve spent far too much of my time sick or injured and wallowing in existential angst. But what a remarkable spot to be laid low and uninspired by dis-ease, dysfunction and hopelessness. My Gauguin moment in the tropics, but without either the productivity or the underage sex.

Anyway it is time to move up and on for me. And for someone else to take over the editorship of Pineapple Post blog and Facebook page, I hope. And for Pineapple Post it will hopefully be the dawning of a new and more productive period.

If someone is looking for a project on the side or a focus to their time here this could suit you or a small group of friends. It is a great opportunity to meet interesting people and explore the Solomon Islands and make a significant contribution to life in Honiara for, not only the expats, but also the thousands of locals linked through the Facebook page.

Thank you to all those who have helped and contributed over the last twelve months or so. And to everyone, live long and prosper.

So if you think you might be interested in taking on the editorship of Pineapple Post, or volunteer a friend, or just want to know more about all this, contact me asap.

Gerald 8966071 or pineapplepost@hotmail.com

Bye, bye!! – Linocut 120mm x 120mm Gerald Soworka

Fashion week launch Reply

Association of Solomon Islanders in Creative Fashion (ASIICF) is having their Annual Fashion Show on the 3rd of December at the Coral Sea Resort. And their Fashion Week will commence there after until the 9th of December. 

If you would like to to purchase a ticket for the Fashion Show then please refer to the attached flyer (below).

 

If you would like to view locally made garments, accessories and Artworks, then they will be displayed at the National Art Gallery until the 9th of December.

The Youth Market is back Reply

For the June Youth Market we are back at the Art Gallery grounds and bringing back the entertainment, competitions and great food, services and crafts that have been so successful! 
From June 29- July 1 the Youth Market will be showcasing young entrepreneurs that have taken part in our business training, as well as the talents and skills of young people in music, dance and BMX riding.


Come for lunch or to watch and enjoy the competitions.
What: June Youth Market

When: 9 – 4:30pm 29- 30 June and 1 July

Where: Art Gallery
Local bands will be playing from 9-12pm. The competitions will be on at the following times:
Wednesday 29th at 2pm, BMX competition
Thursday 30th at 2pm, Song competition
Friday 1st August at 1pm, Dance competition
Come by and say hello!
Our Youth Market is supported by our sponsors Bmobile Vodafone and SIBA Sounds. 

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Opportunities for creative youth 17 – 29 Reply

By Sam Ryan

Youth of Solomon Islands magazine encourages young people to submit their creative content

Writing:

Youth of Solomon Islands (YOSI) Magazine, produced by Youth@Work to profile young people and their achievements, is now seeking creative content from young people 17-29 for Issue 5. The theme of issue 5 will be “Narawei: young leaders driving change”, and young people are encouraged to send in features, columns, poetry, creative writing, photography and visual art that is about young people doing and thinking about things differently. Content is due on June 3, but young people are encouraged to contact the team to discuss their ideas for articles, stories and content before the due date.

Free workshops:

The Youth@Work team will be holding free classes in creative writing, feature writing, drawing and photography this weekend, to help young people gain skills and ideas to contribute to the upcoming issues. Creative and feature writing will be taught on Saturday 7 May from 1-3pm. Photography and drawing will be taught on Sunday 8 May from 1-5pm. All workshops will be held at the Youth@Work office in Tandai, opposite Freswota bus stop and after Good View shop. To book a space for the free classes, call the Youth@Work office on 29257 or email yosi@youth-at-work.org. More…

Youth Market to be held this week Reply

Come along to the youth market and chat to the entrepreneurs of tomorrow’s Solomon Islands and support their enterprise.

By Sam Ryan

Honiara, Solomon Islands – Youth@Work’s popular Youth Market will be happening from 9am-5pm Wednesday- Friday this week at the SMI Grounds opposite the new Sol plaza, Town Ground.
At the Youth Market young people who own small scale enterprises are given stalls where they can display and sell their products and services to the general public. Their products and services range from locally cooked food to hand-made creative arts and crafts which aim to offer customers a variety of choice.


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