The Wait Is Over!
The Games Organizing Committee (GOC) is pleased to officially announce the Sol2023 Pacific Games Ceremonies Creative and Production Team.
The 15-men team comprises of a Producer/Director, an Associate Producer, Cultural Story tellers, Music Directors, Segment Choreographers and a Designer, Movement Directors, Administration personnel and a Theatrical Consultant. They include:
• Neil Nuia: Producer / Director
• Joey Manemaka: Associate Producer
• Natty Dolaiasi: Cultural Storyteller
• Dennis Marita: Cultural Advisor
• Selwyn Do’oro: Music Director
• Calvin Rore: Mass Choir Director
• Henry Oti: Designer
• James Apaniai: Head Choreographer
• Rhonna Marita: Segment Choreographer
• Francis Lilo: Segment Choreographer
• Anil Karan Niua: Movement Director
• Gillian Aita Oti: Movement Director
• Ayesha Evans: Theatrical Consultant
• Samantha Niunara: People Management & Administration
• Yancy Legua: Finance
Speaking at the Official Unveiling, GOC Board Chairman Martin Rara said, “As the host country for the 2023 Pacific Games, Solomon Islands has much to share with the South Pacific in terms of its unique way of life, its people and its culture.
“The Opening and Closing Ceremonies present a remarkable opportunity to showcase the best in our nation’s creativity, entertainment and culture. Ceremonies are once-in-a-lifetime events, highly charged experiences with years of work coming down to one night, one time and one place – and they are vital part of telling our 2023 Pacific Games story to the world,” Mr Rara said.
He added that the role of the Ceremonies is to open the Games by introducing the world to the host city and country, and to close the Games by celebrating achievements of the athletes and teams – but also that of the host community and nation.
“In the shows, we will deliver great celebrations of sport and culture with spectacular and unique Pacific Games Moments. Our goal with both Ceremonies is also to provide an uplifting and inspiring message to the world, to create some of the most memorable events of the Games, and to celebrate the incredible spirit of our nation,” Mr Rara reiterated.
Congratulating the team, GOC Board Member responsible for oversight of the Ceremonies, Aldrin Bekala said, “The Sol2023 Pacific Games Ceremonies requires a great team of talented people to lead the creative, production and technical teams to conceive and deliver the shows.
“It is their job to create amazing experiences that will be as memorable for the 10,000 plus spectators and the 3000 plus athletes watching in the National Stadium, as they will be to the hundreds of thousands across the Solomon Islands and around the South Pacific watching on television.”
He added that after months of searching, analyzing and much waiting, the Games now has a Creative and Production team capable of planning and delivering amazingly memorable Ceremonies at the Games this year.
“We believe that our search delivered the best of all possible results – a Solomon Islands Ceremonies team that combines extraordinary depth of talent, knowledge, experience and accomplishment, along with extraordinary commitment.
“Every individual that make up this team have each created, produced, written, directed and presented many of our nation’s most memorable events and moments.
“It’s a strong multi-talented group with local roots, significant Solomon Islands spirit, and great live event experience,” Mr Bekala said.