Melanesian Arts Festival Launch

This highly anticipated event is scheduled to take place in Port Vila, Vanuatu, from July 19 to July 31, 2023. The festival aims to honor and celebrate the rich heritage and identity of the Melanesian people.

It serves as a biennial gathering that brings together artists, performers, and cultural practitioners from various regions, fostering the promotion and preservation of traditional arts and culture.

Toare mask festival recognized

The local cultural event have held great performances showcasing Gulf’s unique masks through traditional performances over the years. 
At the festival in recognizing the cultural event, Minister for Art, Culture and Tourism, Isi Leonard on behalf of the National Cultural Commission declared the festival as a national event in the annual cultural calendar. 

This was marked by a presentation of certificate to the custodians of the festival with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Gulf Provincial Government and the NCC be made at a later date.

Spectacular Gulf Toare Mask Festival

The festival, supported by TotalEnergies PNG, is expected to draw an even larger crowd to the coastal village of Toare in Gulf Province on June 9th and 10th.

Long-time supporters, the Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) and National Museum and Art Gallery, are partnering with the National Cultural Commission to ensure the success of the event. NCC Executive Director Steven Kilanda welcomed the support from TotalEnergies PNG, noting that it is the first resource company to assist a cultural event in such a significant way.

Teacher inspires through online art

A professional multimedia artist, Tandoa earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Queensland University of Technology through the Australia Awards Scholarship Program.

In the classroom and online she finds ways to make traditional culture relevant to new audiences.  By incorporating dance, music, and arts from the country’s diverse provinces into the curriculum, she is ensuring the next generation will value their heritage.

She disappears with the tide

It's the latest work of surfing artist Sean Yoro, who has a penchant for precarious surfaces, having previously painted on floating icebergs, remote waterside walls and tree bark in a rainy forest -- always using eco-friendly paints.


South Korean tattooists break the taboo of body art

Technically, only medical doctors are allowed to do tattooing. Mirae and Yo-Yo, two 25-year-old tattoo artists living and working in the capital, Seoul, are certainly not that.

Mirae is a part-time model with a keen interest in fashion; Yo-Yo used to work in clothes shops, before taking a working holiday to Australia, where she began to consider training as a tattoo artist.

HB Fire captured in art

‘Thinking of you, Hanuabada' is Feeger’s representation of the tragic fire of Hanuabada, inspired by photos posted online.

The 100 x 100cm acrylic on canvas painting retells the unfortunate event on Saturday, August 19, which destroyed 15 houses.

The painting sees the sun trying to break through the thick smoke from the burning houses. A few roofs and house posts still burning. Towards the backdrop is the rest of the village and Port Moresby's developing CBD.

It’s how to move!

He specialises in mime, especially French mime.

He is currently working with the UPNG School of Arts, helping students develop this technique.

Decol explains that miming is a gestures art.

“Between theatre and dance, we have mime,” he says.

“Sometimes there are more choreographic movements, but many theatre movements.”

By definition, mime is the art or technique of portraying a character, mood, idea, or narration by gestures and bodily movements; pantomime.

Art student challenges ban on nipples

Central Saint Martins' Camila Gonzalez Corea says it's "sexist" and makes them into art instead.

She runs photos submitted to her through a programme and recreates them using emoji for The Nipple Act.

Many people think it's unfair that posts showing female nipples are censored and removed, but men's aren't.

The strict rules on social media regarding nudity is one of the reasons Camila says she started the page.

The 22-year-old's told Newsbeat: "I see nipples as a female organ which in my opinion can be seen as both sexual and not sexual.

These dirty vehicles have been turned into art

Russian artist Nikita Golubev has been turning other people's unwashed vehicles into works of art.

Using the name "ProBoyNick" he has drawn various designs in Moscow for the past two weeks and sharing his work online.

His first attempt picked up nearly 400 likes on Instagram.

He drew a smoking man's face on the back of the van and told his followers he was just "trying out some new techniques".

His most recent work scored over 2,000 with a process he calls #dirtpainting.