Seeking participants for 'Construction Piece Scores'

Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival is seeking participants to assist our artist-in-residence, Ann Fuata, to create her work โ€˜Construction Piece Scoresโ€™. Responding to the festival theme, โ€˜Oceania Nowโ€™, Construction Piece Scores, highlights the impact of climate change through a survey of ancient ocean floor maps. The highways and the lost cities contained within these maps will then be reimagined into an installation that will involve the community in covering the gallery floor with abstract figurines made out of aluminium foil to map these lost worlds.

Please contact: Ann Fuata e:

2015 Symposium Discussion Panels Announced

CPAF is proud to announce our 2015 Symposium discussion panels.

Curating the Pacific: Museum and Gallery Collections and Contexts

CHAIR: Ema Tavola

PANELLISTS: Leafa Wilson, Louise Tuสผu, Margaret Aull, Rosanna Raymond.

Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property 

CHAIR: Patricia Adjei

PANELLISTS: Lana Lopesi, Leilani Kake, Naup Waup.

Climate Change: Pacific Art and Activation

CHAIR: Isabelle Genoux

PANELLISTS: Angela Tiatia, George Siosi Samuels, Marita Davies, Nic Maclellan.

Community and Cultural Development with Pacific Communities - PANEL A: Community Arts Projects

CHAIR: Thelma Thomas-Lesianawai

PANELLISTS: Dennis Paora Pennalligen, Justine MacCormick, Mandy Treagus, Phoebe Preuss, Tiffany (Noelani) Le Nevez, Sylvia C. Frain.

Community and Cultural Development with Pacific Communities - PANEL B: Ways of Knowing

CHAIR: Sana Balai

PANELLISTS: Donita Hulme, Grace Vanilau, Visesio Poasi Siasau.

Entrepreneurialism in Pacific Arts

CHAIR: Amanda Donigi

PANELLISTS: Andrew Faleatua, Maureen Unasa, Nigel Borell, Siliga David Setoga, Tina Waru.


For more information on all confirmed CPAF 2015 Symposium Speakers, visit the symposium website here:

A two-day pass or one-day passes are available. To book your place in the audience, CLICK HERE.


CPAF offers our sincere thanks to all who responded to our 2015 panellist call out.

RADICAL SON headlining CPAF's Community Day concert - April 11th!

CPAF is elated to announce that soulful powerhouse RADICAL SON will be headlining our Community Day FREE CONCERT on April 11 2015, at Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Effortlessly crossing genres from soul to hip-hop and beyond, Radical Son is a standout vocalist and songwriter like no other.

His often-poignant lyrics chart a course from hopelessness to healing; mercilessly deconstructing what is, and forever imagining what could be. Radical Son's music and stories are always guided by his Indigenous heritage from the Kamilaroi nation of Australia and the south pacific nation of Tonga.

As a vocalist, Radical Son has a unique ability to deliver as a soul singer, rapper and spoken word artist.

This natural dexterity defines his earned place and presence in the contemporary musical landscape. The back-bone of Radical Son's stories continuously urge our human spirit to approach life through love and compassion.

His music, both potent and sublime, conjures uncompromising visions and merciless lyrics of where weโ€™ve come from and what could be.

Radical Son's been making music for the people for 10 years. His fantastic 2014 full length debut album 'Cause 'n Effect', featuring spoken word by Archie Roach and Mau Power, is a perfect blend of soul, hip-hop, dub and reggae-esque influences; moving lyrics, original rhyme style, haunting melodies and captivating spoken word are just some parts of his magic. 

Like Amy Winehouse, Fat Freddyโ€™s Drop, Marvin Gaye and Barry White? You will LOVE this.


RADICAL SON'S album 'Cause 'n Effect' is available on iTunes here.





Hula Fitness Workshop announced!

CPAF is happy to announce that bookings for Noelani Le Nevez's Hula Fitness sessions are now open.

Hawaiian born Noelani Le Nevez has been teaching dance fitness for over three years, combining her knowledge of fitness with her expertise and passion for teaching and dancing Hula and Ori Tahiti (Hawaiian & Tahitian Dance). In this class you will get fit learning basic dance steps, starting with a lower intensity Hula and building up to the fast paced, hip shaking, high intensity of Ori Tahiti.  

Sway and shake your hips to the rhythm of the islands, lose yourself in the music, and leave with a great workout!  Bring a sarong, bottle of water, a towel, and your friends!

The class is open to ALL women and girls ages 10 upwards.


Venue: Footscray Community Arts Centre Basement Theatre

Time: Tuesdays 7pm - 8.30pm

Dates: 3, 10, 17 and 24 March 2015

Full Program pre-booking option available, as well as casual.

Bookings through TRYBOOKING here.

2015 Symposium EOI due date extended to 15th February

The Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival (CPAF) is still accepting Expressions of Interest for the two day Symposium for 2015.

The closing date for expressions of interest has been extended to: 15 February 2015.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 20 February 2015.

The panel discussions this year will be:
โ€ข Curating the Pacific: Museum and Gallery Collections and Contexts
โ€ข Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property 
โ€ข Climate Change: Pacific Art and Activation
โ€ข Community and Cultural Development with Pacific Communities
โ€ข Entrepreneurialism in Pacific Arts

If you are interested, please send through the following information to
1. Your full name, email and contact number;
2. The title of the panel you would like to participate in (refer to list above);
3. A short bio outlining your practice/contribution to Pacific arts practice (up to 250 words);
4. An outline of what you are interested in discussing (up to 250 words).

For more information, visit the Symposium website here.

Callout for CPAF Community Day Marletplace Stall Holders

As part of the CPAF 2015 Community Day on April 11th, there will be a marketplace hosting stalls reflecting the rich diversity of the Pacific in Arts & Crafts, Food, Wellbeing and Service Organisations.

CPAF is seeking expressions of interest from Pacific inspired stall holders - including food, arts and crafts from across the region, and information stalls from Pacific community groups.  Traditional Pacific and Maori food stallholders are strongly encouraged to apply.

Marketplace application forms can be requested by emailing

Or you can download the form by clicking the following link:


pdf version - CPAF2015 Stall holder application form pdf

word doc version -  CPAF2015 Stall holder application form.docx


Applications close Friday 27th February 2015.

All applications will be reviewed by the Community Day Committee.  

Successful applicants will be notified by the 1st March 2015.



CPAF 2015 Symposium: Book Now

The Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival is now taking bookings for the 2015 Symposium.

A two-day pass or one-day passes are available.

To book your place in the audience, click here.

Keynote Speaker for Symposium 2015 is Ema Tavola, South Auckland-based curator, writer, arts manager, advocate and director of PIMPI.

More details on the CPAF 2015 Symposium program to come.



Billeting Registration for CPAF Hosts and Visitors

CPAF is providing a billeting accommodation option for national and international guests - offering visitors the option of being hosted by a Pacific local for the duration of the festival.

If you are:

a) Interested in being a HOST for our visitors, providing accommodation in your home and sharing our Island hospitality;


b) A national or international VISITOR interested in being hosted by members of our lovely community;

Please fill out the online form on our Travel & Accommodation page here (under 'BILLETING')

You will receive a short questionnaire to fill out, which will help CPAF match each visitor with the right host.

For more information on travel and accommodation options, click here.

FIAFIA BAR: Introducing the CPAF 2015 Festival Bar

CPAF is proud to announce and welcome you to experience Fiafia Bar - the Festival Bar for 2015.

Step into the Fiafia Festival Bar and witness a Pacific collision of island culture, dance, song, circus and all flavours of contemporary entertainment. Have a drink while listening to soulful tunes and watching the Fiafia show featuring a stellar array of contemporary Pacific artists.

Venue: Performance Space FCAC
Price: $10 at the door
Opening hours: 6pm-10pm-ish from the 9th-11th April 2015.


Further Workshops Announced for CPAF 2015

CPAF 2015 is pleased to announce that bookings are open for the following workshops:

Bilum Weaving Workshops

Master Weaver Vicki Kinai returns to the festival with her renowned weaving workshops. This series will teach you how to create your own bilum - Vicki has adapted the traditional bilum weaving technique to create wearable art and installations.

For more information and bookings, click here.

Pacific Bling Weaving Workshops

Create Pacifik inspired bling with master weaver/ fibre artist Kui Taukilo, director of K.I.N Designs.  Known for her quirky humour, finely woven sculptural works and unique contemporary designs,  Kuiโ€™s classes are always a joyful experience. Workshop participants will learn how to weave rings, medallions and bracelets to adorn yourself and family.

For more information and bookings, click here.

Pacific Fashion Runway

CPAF and IRP have teamed up in 2015 to deliver a series of workshops targeted at Pacific Islander and Maori youth.  The project will consist of two day workshop and a final Fashion Runway as part of the Community Day at FCAC.  The models will be dressed by Pacific and Indigenous designers and have the opportunity to showcase what they have learnt over the workshops to their family, friends and communities.

For more information and bookings, click here.


Bookings are essential as places are limited.

Click on the links for more information.

Aunty Sana Balai Creative Excellence Award - nominations open

Nominations are now open for the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival's inaugural Aunty Sana Balai Creative Excellence Award. 

Recognising individual contributions in the advancement of the Australian-Pacific Arts Sector, the award is open to artists or arts workers currently practicing excellence in their chosen artistic forms and/or arts management fields. A panel of industry and community-based Pacific Arts representatives will peer review all completed nominations.

Nominations close on COB Sunday 1 March 2015. The Ceremony will be held on Thursday 9th April at the Opening Night of the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria.

For more information and a nomination form, click HERE.