The four day event saw a host of both local and international cultural contingents display various performances and also shared some of their culture practices with one another.
Some of the international groups who took part at the satellite venue in Auki include; New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tokelau, Australia, Hawaii, Niue, Fiji, Nauru and New Caledonia.
Speaking at the closing, Premier of Malaita Province Edwin Suibaea said the past four days had truly been a milestone, historical and memorable experience for everyone who participated through all means toward the program.
Premier Suibaea thanked the Malaita Province 11th FOPA Organising Committee, the participating international and local cultural groups, and especially all Malaitan who had faithfully attended the event throughout the four days.
“I would very much like to thank everybody who had contributed one way or the other toward this historical and memorable event.
“I thank the people especially for turning out in numbers throughout the past four days despite the rainy weather experienced the entire week.
“Thank you everyone for making our program a true success-one that will be remembered and cherished by all,” Premier Suibaea said.
Chairman of the Malaita Province FOPA Organising Committee, Harold Leka meanwhile thanked all his committee members for their tireless efforts in organising the program, the landowners for their understanding in allowing their land, everyone who has assisted in whatever means they can, the participating groups and the Malaita general public.
“It has truly been a remarkable past few days and I believe we have done tremendously well in hosting the events here,” Mr Leka said.
Auki was one of four satellite venues to officially close the 11th FOPA.
By Jeremy Inifiri
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