compiled by Samoa News staff
The Festival of the Pacific Arts (FOPA) is held every four years since 1972, and brings together artists and cultural practitioners from around the Pacific region for two weeks of festivity. It is recognized as a major regional cultural event, and is the largest gathering in which Pacific peoples unite to enhance their respect and appreciation of one another.
Sunday in Guam the stadium was full for the 12th annual event. Thousands of spectators unable to get into the Guam stadium watched the opening ceremony from giant screens outside the venue.