5th Annual International Festival of Cultures

The 5th Annual International Festival of Cultures will be held on Sept. 20-21, 2019, in celebration of the cultural diversity of The Marianas, with special emphasis on the indigenous cultures of Micronesia.

The festival returns to Paseo de Marianas in the main tourist district on Saipan. A soft opening will be held on Sept. 20 from 5-10 p.m. with an ethnic parade, food sales, and demonstration and sales of arts and crafts. On Sept. 21 from 5-10 p.m., the festival will also feature live ethnic performances on-stage.

The MVA invites interested cultural groups to participate. Participation forms are available at the MVA office in San Jose, Saipan, or interested participants may contact MVA Community Projects Coordinator Jack Aranda at jaranda@mymarianas.com or 670.664.3219 for more information.

Rota Coconut Festival

Rota, renowned among the islands of The Marianas for its untouched nature beauty and warm island hospitality, is gearing up to welcome visitors for the 5th Rota Coconut Festival on Sept. 13-14, 2019.

The Marianas Visitors Authority (MVA) is excited to partner again this year with the Rota Mayor’s Office on the exciting Rota Coconut Festival, which will provide visitors a truly unique and friendly experience on the beautiful island of Rota.  Rota is renowned for its unspoiled natural environment, so it is a more than fitting venue for this celebratory tribute to the staple of Pacific island living – the coconut tree.

The event will feature educational displays and demonstrations related to the coconut, entertainment, games, a Coconut Scavenger Hunt, and a variety of live cooking competitions on site such as the “manha titiyas” (tortillas made with young coconut), “ahu” (soup made with young coconut), coconut candy,  and “bunelos manha” (doughnuts made with young coconut).

Additional details will be announced shortly.  For more information, contact the Rota Mayor’s Office at 1.670.532.9451 or Field Supervisor Sandra Atalig of the MVA at 1.670.532.0327 or satalig@mymarianas.com or visit www.facebook.com/mymarianas.

The Marianas’ Cultural Art Gallery

The Marianas’ Cultural Art Gallery includes locally made masterpieces that showcase our island’s best artisan and craftspeople. The art gallery is the first of its kind with most items on display available for purchase and will be accompanied by live demonstrations and performances. Demonstrations will occur nightly from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and includes mwar making; various jewelry making that uses beads, shells and sinahi; weaving and wood carving. Live musical performances and dances will be done on select evenings.

100% of all proceeds will go directly to the local artists.

The official launch of The Marianas’ Cultural Art Gallery is September 8, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the southern end of T Galleria. The art gallery will be up the entire month of September as part of Cultural Heritage Month and can be visited daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. It is made possible in partnership by T Galleria by DFS, Marianas Visitors Authority, and the Commonwealth Council for Arts and Culture of the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs. For more information, please call 664-2587 or 322-9982.