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..

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.

My Wogasia, my Santa Catalina Reply

By An anona atawa woman

With Wogasia 2016 only a couple of weeks away I thought it was time to share a former participants experience. It is long and detailed but I think you will find it very interesting.

The anonymous participant attended wogasia in 2011 and what follows is an excerpt from her diary and gives a great account of the woman’s experience. Hopefully in a couple of weeks I will have lots to share about the men’s side of things.

– Ed.
2/6/11, Thursday evening at home, and following days

Cathy and I are still using each other for reality checks: yes, the Wogasia really did happen. It’s still pretty incomprehensible though – surreal, alien, hooley-dooley – just … incomprehensible. I know I have to write it out soon or I’ll wake and it’ll vanish, and I so desperately don’t want that to happen. At least I took a few notes. Pity they don’t make much sense any more.

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Glam and glitter in Honiara Reply

Who said Rotarians don’t have balls?


Fantasea, the 2016 annual Rotarian gala ball, is on. Your chance to frock up and go for a spin at the Rotary Fantasea Ball, Cowboys Bar and Grill from 6.30pm 4th June.

For those who never thought they would have a chance to don the glitz and glamour in Honiara it is time to hit the bale shops with a vengeance or dust of that little black dress. This is The social occasion on the Honiara social calendar. So if you can’t get to Wogasia that weekend Fantasea is the place to be.  

The night will rock to the strains of Australian band ‘The Corporates’.

Tickets are $660 from BJS Agencies, Commonwealth St, Point Cruz. 

For more information contact Judy@bjs.com.sb ph 23532 or 7496030

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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