Sunday, July 22, 2012

Pacific smiles & dances at the Olympics

For immediate release: During the Olympics, St Katharine Docks in London will host members of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and the Oceania National Olympic Committee in which Vanuatu is a member of.  From 26th July to 13th August Pacific Island nations such as Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa and Papua New Guinea will change a large pontoon anchored in the West Marina into a tropical South Pacific island.  Visitors and participants alike will see coconut palm trees, and action packed cultural dance performances by the Thames by pacific islanders. Against the backdrop of the Olympic rings on Tower Bridge, palm trees will swing in the breeze, a traditional thatched meeting house will be built and the docks will echo with warrior war cries and chants of the pacific islands so visitors can get a taste of the rich cultural heritage of the South Pacific.  A wide range of traditional dancing and song representative of the region will be showcased on the pontoon, as well as traditional crafts and skills demonstrations.  Ambassadors in national costume from the south Pacific island nations will be on hand to bring to life these exotic destinations, renowned as among the friendliest in the world.  They will talk to visitors about their islands, what to do and how to get there. There will be a press event on the 30th July, 5pm followed by drinks on the pontoon with an exciting showcase of traditional dancing and music from the Pacific, as well as a traditional feast, kava ceremony and a chance to meet the Olympic athletes and dignitaries from the islands. If you would like to attend please contact Pandora George or Kate Mault .