Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Manny Crisostomo has been selected as a Guam Delegate and Documentary Photographer for The Festival of Pacific Arts Guam 2016. The Festival of Pacific Arts (FESTPAC) is a traveling festival hosted every four years by a different country in Oceania. It was conceived as a means to stem the erosion of traditional cultural practices by sharing and exchanging culture at each festival. The major theme of the festival hosted by Guam this year is “What We Own, What We Have, What We Share, United Voices of the PACIFIC.”
A delegation of 2,500 performers, artists, and cultural practitioners are in attendance, in addition to thousands of visitors from Asia and festival followers who see to it that they are part of the festival every four years.
The 27 Pacific Island Countries and Territories expected at the festival are: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Easter Island, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji Islands, French Polynesia, Guam (2016 Host), Hawaii, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna.
Camera West Walnut Creek and Leica USA and have teamed up to sponsor Manny and you may view Manny’s engaging images on his website http://manny.viewbook.com/. Thank you, Manny, for sharing your adventure with us!