07.02.2014 - UNESCO Office in Apia

Consultation on the Development of Samoa Culture Centre Concludes Favorably

The establishment of a Samoa Culture Centre became one step closer to reality following a two day event hosted by Samoa’s Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture (MESC), in conjunction with UNESCO and Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs.

The ‘Consultation on the Development of [the] Samoa Culture Centre’ was held on 5-6 February and discussed the long standing proposal to establish a national centre to showcase Samoan culture and house heritage institutions such as the National Museum and Archives.

 Some 50 participants, comprising of senior officials responsible for cultural heritage, international experts, and representatives from regional stakeholder organizations took part in the process. The consultation provided participants with the opportunity to listen to presentations by a range of experts; consider and debate various points of view and visit existing cultural facilities such as Orchestra House, the National Museum of Samoa, and the National Archives.

The consultation also served as an opportunity for Samoa’s heritage professionals to communicate recent developments in the sector. Amela Silipa, Principal Archives Officer at MESC reported on the passing off the Public Records Act, the establishment of the National Archives and Records Authority and ongoing efforts to digitize Samoa’s documentary heritage including the ‘Archives of the German-Samoa Colonial Administration 1900-1914,’ a recent nomination for inscription on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Asia Pacific (MOWCAP) Register.

The consultation concluded favorably and marks another milestone in the process toward realising the dream of a national culture centre for Samoa.


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