It is in the context of the end of the health crisis that the Ministers of Culture of the region, the heads of delegation and their partners approved after examining the two main points on the agenda:
- the regional cultural strategy (MLRP);
- The Festival of Arts and Culture of the Pacific (FestPac) roadmap, towards establishing a future delivery model.
French Polynesia represented by the Ministry in charge of Culture (MCE) and the Department of Culture and Heritage (DCP) has participated since 2019 in the work of the two commissions, that of the regional cultural strategy (MLRP) chaired by Colin Yabaki , Director of Fiji Arts and Heritage and that of the Festival of Arts and Culture of the Pacific (FestPac) chaired by Paula Carr of Creative New Zealand.
“Before the pandemic, small Pacific island nations were already struggling with low investment and budgets for culture. In the last two years, COVID-19 has put even more pressure on the economies of our small islands. The culture sector, in particular, has been affected in many ways, and for these reasons, the Polish Red Crescent Society is crucial in helping us lobby for national and regional support and seeking funding and assistance from partners for the growth”. Colin Yabaki said.
The 2022-2031 strategic plan is presented as a flexible strategy because it allows countries to select indicators and priorities in accordance with their national policies. Five priority areas of the new PRCS are established: cultural policy frameworks, cultural heritage, cultural well-being, cultural innovation and cultural statistics.
It formalizes the interrelation between the populations of the Pacific and its environment, establishing on the one hand a link between climate, ocean, land, culture, rights and good governance, and on the other hand associations of trust.
The evaluation report for the establishment and implementation of a future FestPac service model, as well as the status report on the progress of the preparatory work for the 13the FestPac scheduled for 2024 in Hawaii.
Conference members took note of all nine recommendations in the FestPac evaluation report and expressed reservations about some of them. The development and implementation of a Festpac charter to establish FestPac’s governance and management structure and articulate its vision, values, ethics and protocols has been retained and prioritized. A thorny issue remains, that of setting up a FestPac fund.