THE Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism John Wasi has called on all stakeholders to seriously consider cultural development in Solomon Islands.
Mr Wasi made the call yesterday as Solomon Islands prepare to send its cultural practitioners to participate in the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture in Papua New Guinea which begins next week.
He said it is evident that the value of the unique and diverse cultures of Solomon Islands are fading quickly as a result of outside influences and this situation is likely to worsen if cultural development in societies is not recognized.
The successful hosting of the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts in the country has provided an opportunity for our leaders and stakeholders to realise the important contribution of culture towards socio-economic development.
Mr Wasi said the post-FOPA period has boosted a revival of cultural practices in most societies today and everyone one should build on that to develop, promote and preserve our cultures from losing its value and meaning.
“Our cultural diversity is our strength and it is crucial that we stand united to develop our nation through cultural tolerance and respect to every individual culture within the country,” Mr Wasi said.
The Permanent Secretary made a public invitation to Honiara residents to attend a dress rehearsal to be staged by cultural groups, musicians, artists, crafts men and women and local designers this Friday at the National Museum Grounds.
He said this event provides a platform for the public to witness some of our different cultures are creativity put on display prior to our participation at the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture in Papua New Guinea.
Solomon Islands is sending a 168 contingent to the festival which begins on June 28.