SOLOMON ISLANDS TO HOST 2018 MSG ARTS FESTIVAL

Solomon Islands National flag flying at 2014 Trade Expo. Photo credit: SIBC.

Solomon Islands National flag flying at 2014 Trade Expo. Photo credit: SIBC.

The Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture will return to Solomon Islands in 2018.

This is after Solomon Islands won the bid to host the next Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture.

Solomon Islands hosted the inaugural Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture in 1998.

The Melanesian Arts Festival is currently in Papua New Guinea.

Reporting from Port Moresby yesterday, the Solomon Islands contingent Media Officer, George Hermings reports, Papua New Guinea handed over the Festival flag to Solomon Islands during the closing ceremony.

“The Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders have given approval that Solomon Islands will be the host for 2018 as part of the hosting cycle as we were the first hosts in 1998, so all independent Melanesian states have hosted the festival. Now it will be our second turn to host the festival and so to signify Solomon Islands as the next host, Papua New Guinea has handed the flag over to Solomon Islands after the closing ceremony.”

SIBC News understands the Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture in Papua New Guinea officially ended yesterday, and the Solomon Islands contingent are expected to return over the weekend.

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