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Melanesian Festival Of Arts Keeping Culture Alive

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Fiji Assistant Delegation Head Peni Cavuilagi says culture is facing a threat in the 21st century.

He said Melanesia might lose its rich cultural diversity if practices and values aren’t preserved and passed on to the next generation.


In an interview with EM TV, Mr. Cavuilagi warned that Melanesia might lose its cultural identity in the 21st century because of Western influences.


Traditional knowledge, skills and values must be passed on to young people to keep our culture alive.


The biggest challenge is when young people show less interest to learn about their origins, most of whom are raised in urban settings.


The preservation and promotion of our diversified cultures and core values must then become a priority for parents and communities to ensure it’s passed on.


The fifth Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture is an event that promotes our culture. Every Melanesian country has been challenged to take a leading role in preserving and promoting their sovereignty as part of our national and regional identity.


This is an objective of the Melanesian Spearhead Group that united people together.


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