Launch of VASU publication

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Teweiariki Taeaero, Head of School, Michel Monnier,
Ambassador of France and Mrs Christiane Monnier.

SUVA, 1 October (USP News) - Head of School, Teweiariki Teaero launched the VASU Pacific Women of Power publication at the Fiji Museum on October 1st 2008.

Chief Guest at the proceedings was the newly appointed French Ambassador Michel Monnier.

Teaero said that the publication marked an important milestone in the documentation process of art production in the region and commented on the dearth or such materials. He also commented on the work of young graphic designer Marie B. Koya and the editors of the publication in compiling a commendable contribution to the region.

The launch was followed by an evening of music featuring the talents of Francesca Horoi and Teagan Fong, of local young band Carpe Diem; Shirley Tagi, Elena Duribaravilala; a short film ‘the home coming’ directed by Luisa Tora and Sangeeta Singh; and the dance performances of Shobna Chanel; Katalina Fotofili, and Salote Sinukula Naulumatua.
Kiribati poet Tereeao Teingiia, a graduate assistant at the school of education also presented poetry and dance accompanied by her teenage daughter on the legend of Nei Nimanoa, an ancient fisherwoman from Kiribati. The night ended with a fashion show by Rosie Emberson-Semisi accompanied by the sounds of poetry of SOE staff member Cresantia Frances Koya and music by Calvin Rore of the Oceania Center for Arts and Culture.

The art works of contributing VASU artists were also on display throughout the museum space. The exhibition continues to the end of November.

ASU Pacific Women of Power, edited by Cresantia Frances Koya and Luisa Tora is available at the USP Book Centre. For more information on VASU contact koyavakauta(at); tarte_a(at) or vasu.arts(at)

Published on 08/12/2008

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