Telecommunications firm IT&E, in partnership with the Commonwealth Council for Arts and Culture, presented $10,000 in cash and in-kind donations for the 2017 Flame Tree Arts Festival to be held at the Garapan Fishing Base from April 20 to 23.
For several years, IT&E has been a proud sponsor of the flame tree arts festival and this year, the event is expected to be bigger than ever.
According to council executive director Parker Yobei, support for the festival has assisted in efforts to promote regional arts.
“Preserving and perpetuating these art forms bring beauty and meaning to our daily lives. We thank IT&E for supporting our mission to promote the culture,” he said.
For almost four decades now, the Flame Tree Arts Festival has celebrated the natural and cultural beauty of the Pacific region, said chief operating officer John Compton.
“IT&E recognizes the talent and craftsmanship of many artists in the Marianas and the Pacific region. Providing the community and tourists the opportunity to experience grassroots talent and gain exposure is inspiring. We are a proud supporter of the festival and look forward to it every year,” he aid, adding that the festival strengthens the community and builds a better network for indigenous arts and expression.
This year the FTAF features cooking competition, language competitions, games demonstration, and other audio/visual contest.
If you’d like to learn more about the 2017 Flame Tree Arts Festival, log on to flametreefestival.com. (IT&E)