Shopaholics and scholars alike will be intrigued by the offerings at the recently opened Fiji Centre for the Arts (679/331-1754; fijiartscouncil.com). The cooperative gallery-cum-boutique is the first of its kind in Suva, the Fijian capital, and is a welcome platform for the Pacific nationâ€™s creative talent. Island-inspired jewelry from Chinese- Fijian designer Lambert Ho sits beside antique Lapitan pottery, high-fashion creations, and contemporary art. Visitors may find their tour accompanied by an impromptu tune or performance: the Fijian Conservatorium of Music is one of the centerâ€™s tenants, as are the Kabu ni Vanua and Rako dance troupes, the former focused on reviving indigenous dancing traditions and the latter known for its more interpretive style.
Originally appeared in the June/July 2009 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śGypsy Tales: Suvaâ€™s New Grooveâ€ť)