The 38th Flame Tree Arts Festival, which starts tomorrow in Susupe, would highlight not only the Chamorro and Carolinian cultures, but also that of Korean, Japanese, and Chinese cultures, among many others.
“We are trying to showcase every culture that is here in the CNMI,” said Commonwealth Council of Arts and Culture executive director Parker Yobei. “[This is so that] we can share our cultures and have an understanding of each other’s culture.”
He pointed out that there are some similarities among different Pacific island cultures.
The 38th Flame Tree Arts Festival will be held at the Civic Center Beach Park Canoe House in Susupe starting tomorrow, from 5pm to 10pm; 5pm to 12pm on Friday; 10am to 10pm on Saturday; and 12pm to 8pm on Sunday.
“It’s like a party for artists,” Yobei said, noting that the festival continues to grow.
According to Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter, this year’s festival will have 110 booths.
Yobei said this is similar to that of previous years—and possibly even more.
“It was almost the same, only this year we did not expect that much participation from our artists because of the recent Super Typhoon Yutu,” he said. “We were really surprised that a lot of the artists came out and [participated] in the festival.”
“It is a very good sign. …When we get that kind of participation, it means that we are doing something right,” Yobei added.