Tuilagi Seiuli Allan Alo Va’ai, President, Samoa Arts Council

Tuilagi Seiuli Allan Alo Va’ai
President
Samoa Arts Council

 

Only two years young, the Samoa Arts Council looks back with great pride at the road we have travelled, and the challenges and triumphs along the way. From our official registration in December 2012, and launch in March 2013, by our Patron the Honourable Prime Minister of Samoa – Hon. Dr. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, we have actively sought ways to pave new pathways for the development of the arts in Samoa.

Samoan culture is infused with art, and practices that have existed from time immemorial still exist today. The technology might have changed, but the creative and innovative spirit of artistic expression persists, and this website is our attempt to meet the technological demands of this day and age head on. We hope this website will help answers some of the questions you may have about the arts and artists of Samoa and that your visit is a productive and informative one.

We invite and encourage you, fellow Artists, and Art Advocates, to peruse this site and share this journey with us as we build the arts together.

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Samoa Arts Council

Find out more about our history,  goals and plans. Go >>>>>

 

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Artist Directory

Looking for an artist? Browse the directory. Go >>>>>

 

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Become a Member

Are you an artist in Samoa looking for support? Fill in the form and become a Member of Samoa Arts Council. Go >>>>>

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SAC focuses on:

Dance

Dance

Samoans learn to do traditional dance and are expected to be able to perform in public from a very early age. Hip-hop and contemporary dance are becoming popular with Samoan youth who are adept at blending Samoan and contemporary modes of dance.

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Graphic design is vital for the growing sophistication of both the private and public sectors. A number of businesses offer website design and signage that serve the marketing needs of the community

Drama

Drama

Traditional drama troupes travelled around Samoa performing skits and plays similar to Shakespearean performers, but these are rare today. Plays and performance are frequently created for special church events. From time to time the community is treated to modern plays.

Fashion

Fashion

Samoan fashion is bold, colourful and largely decorated with Samoa traditional tapa and tattoo motifs and the Samoan leaf and flower designs. . Contemporary fashion houses meet the needs of the fashion conscious modern individual.

Jewellery

Jewellery

Locally made jewelry is primarily made from coconut shells and natural materials. There are a small number of jewelers creating locally inspired high-end jewelry using precious metals, pearls, trochus shell, wood, marlin bill and other materials.

Literary Arts

Literary Arts

There is a steady production of literature coming out of Samoans in Samoa and overseas, particularly in New Zealand. Literature is written in both Samoan and English.

Moving Image

Moving Image

Samoa’s film production industry, although still developing, is a mix of traditional and contemporary modes of storytelling.

Performance

Performance

Samoans love to perform and they bring immense confidence to their performances at schools and church occasions. Hotels host fiafia nights where groups perform a variety of Samoan and Pacific dances. Performers come  from church groups and secondary schools.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts

2D and 3D visual art is becoming more visible in Samoa and it is often based on Samoan symbols, the natural environment and legends. The main forms of visual arts are painting, carving, printmaking, stained glass (for churches) and mosaic.

Music

Music

Find out facts about music of Samoa following this link

Storytelling

Storytelling

Fāgogo is a word in the Samoan language to describe a type of storytelling of Samoa. It is called “a performing art, almost a type of theatre, where people, events and stories are brought to life through the skills, voice and action of a narrator”. More on Wikipedia

Carving

Carving

Most bowls and platters are carved using ifelele wood, which is a Samoan hardwood and it can be imported anywhere in the world.  Carving with wood is evident in the airport and some hotels and themes revolve around nature, biblical stories and legends.

Siapo Making

Siapo Making

Siapo is the second most important ceremonial gift after the fine mat. Until about seventy years ago large siapo were made to fulfill these ceremonial needs. Today siapo is more commonly made to suit the tourist market and visitors to Samoa can buy small squares and rectangles of siapo.

Tattooing

Tattooing

The resurgence of tattooing began in the 1980’s and has been going strong since then. Samoan tattoo is admired world wide and it is possible for visitors to get small tattoo’s from a number of parlors in Apia and at the Samoa Tourism Cultural village.

Weaving

Weaving

The fine mat is the most prestigious gift exchange item during funerals, weddings and chiefly bestowal ceremonies. These are extremely fine and take months to complete.

Navigation

Navigation

Traditional Navigation is a system of navigation used by Polynesians to make long voyages across thousands of miles of open ocean. A  wayfinding techniques along with a unique outrigger canoe construction methods were  passed by oral tradition from navigator to apprentice.