The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) today announced that plans are underway and delegations from around the region are preparing for the 28th annual Guam Micronesia Island Fair (GMIF).
With this year’s theme of “Bridging past, present and future – The Journey to FestPac”, the islands of Micronesia will once again stand united on Guam to celebrate the region’s stories, arts and culture. GMIF will serve as a preview for the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts (FestPac), which Guam will be hosting in 2016. The island has just about a year before 27 island nations will participate in what’s referred to as the “Olympics of Pacific Arts”.
“For the last 28 years, we have been honored to host our brothers and sisters from Micronesia,” said GVB General Manager Nathan Denight. “Using this year’s GMIF as a springboard for FestPac also gives us another reason to showcase the unique indigenous cultural practices across the Pacific. GVB is proud to be the marketing arm of this prestigious cultural gathering. In the meantime, we invite our local residents and visitors to experience the rich history of Guam, Rota, Tinian, Saipan, as well as the Federated States of Micronesia and the republics of Kiribati, Nauru, the Marshall Islands, and Palau.”
GMIF activities will feature a variety of food and beverage vendors, artisans, cultural exhibitors and entertainment that include a farmer’s market, local produce, petting zoo, volleyball tournament and live art demonstrations. In addition, GMIF will highlight “Creating Art the Green Way” through interactive art workshops that will allow participants to express their creativity through new art forms and mediums, as well as create art pieces with various recycled and natural materials.
The Guam Micronesia Island Fair is scheduled to take place from May 15-17, 2015 at Governor Joseph Flores Memorial (Ypao Beach) Park in Tumon. Admission to this weekend long event is free.