Fijian exhibition. Historic Sailing Canoe Commissioned for Major Exhibition, Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific, will Parade in The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration Pageant.
From 12–15 May 2016 in Home Park, Windsor Castle, a traditional hand-built Fijian sailing canoe, specially commissioned for the major forthcoming exhibition Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific, will be a dramatic feature of the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration pageant. The canoe has been shipped early to the UK at the behest of the pageant organisers in order to participate in the 90th Birthday Celebrations, before it is eventually displayed to the public atThe Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, from 15 October 2016 to 12 February 2017.
The Birthday Celebration pageant takes place over four nights attended by members of the royal family including The Queen, who will be present on the final night of Sunday 15 May, when it will be televised by ITV. During the pageant, the canoe will be accompanied by 45 members of the Fijian Army Band and Dancers. The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration is a not-for-profit event and aims to create a significant surplus that will be donated to charities. It will feature many well-known performers and over 900 horses and 1,500 participants from around the World.
The canoe will then be transported to Norwich to become the centrepiece of Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific which opens 15 October 2016 at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. The largest and most comprehensive exhibition about Fiji ever assembled, it will reveal stunning sculptures, textiles, ceramics and ivory and shell regalia, taking the visitor on a journey through the art and cultural history of Fiji since the late 18th century. Stunning paintings, drawings and photographs from the 19th and 20th century provide context for the Fijian artworks.