Pacific Island Model Village at this year’s Moore Park Beach Arts Festival!
Pacific Island Model Village
At the 2019 Moore Park Beach Arts Festival
Experience Pacific Island Life!
Walk through the Village and experience life in the Pacific Islands
Multicultural groups from the Bundaberg region will come together for two days in August to share their culture with the community.
Ol Meri Wantok Bundaberg is creating a Pacific Island Model Village experience at the Moore Park Beach Arts Festival to showcase Pacific Islander communities in Bundaberg and district.
Many local multicultural groups are participating in the Island Village including Ol Meri Wantok Bundaberg Inc, Bundaberg Indigenous Playgroup, Bundaberg South Sea Islander Group, Kapahaka Group, Kiribati Group, Tongan Group and Bundaberg Fijin Inc.
Ol Meri Wantok Bundaberg spokesperson, Linah Mountford says that visitors will be able to walk through the village and experience life in the Pacific Islands.
She said that entertainers and dancers from the Pacific Islands will be visiting Bundaberg to perform at the Moore Park Beach Arts Festival and meet visitors at the Island Model Village.
“We are very excited to welcome dancers from overseas at the Festival”. Mrs Mountford said.
Entertainment, demonstrations and displays from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Niue, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Kiribati, New Zealand and Australia will be held over the weekend in August.
Be part of Village life:-
- Dancing Performances
- Island Dress Costumes
- Tribal Face Painting
- Learn to Weave
- Island Cooking
- Language and Storytelling
- Interactive Market Place
Interactive Market Place with displays of Island artefacts including:-
- Fans, Billums, Baskets, Mats
- Kava Bowls
- Asaro Mud Mask
- Bows and Arrows
- Drums and Kundu
Pacific Island Model Village Open
The Village is part of the Moore Park Beach Arts Festival Market Days being held on 17 & 18 August 2019.
When: Saturday, 17 August 10am - 4pm and Sunday, 18 August 10am - 3pm
Where: Moore Park Beach Community Hall, Club Avenue, Moore Park
Cost: Free entry
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About: Ol Meri Wantok - Bundaberg
Ol Meri Wantok Bundaberg is a budding social enterprise established by a group of Papua New Guinean Women living in the Bundaberg Region. The groups objective is to connect ladies from different Pacific Island Nations to promote Island arts and craft (selling and or displays), sharing cultures, traditions and their skills with each other in Bundaberg as well as ladies out in the Pacific Islands. Ol Meri Wantok group believe that in doing so, this helps contribute towards the well-being of all involved. This enables embracing families, building friendship and sharing cultures.
The phrase/line 'Ol Meri Wantok' is from Papua New Guinea which means 'all female friends'. The word ' Wantok' means ‘people sharing same language, social bond’ and in this case Ol Meri Wantok Bundaberg is sharing culture.
The Pacific Island Model Village is supported by the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs through the 2018-19 Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Program.
About: Moore Park Beach Arts Festival
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Moore Park Beach Art Festival and everyone is invited to join the celebrations. Come and experience everything the festival has on offer. More information here.
- Art exhibitions
- Live entertainment
- Fun activities for young and old
When: Saturday, 17 August 9am - 7pm and Sunday, 18 August 9am - 3pm.
Where: Moore Park Beach Community Hall and Oval, Club Avenue, Moore Park
Cost: Entry to the festival is free!