Solomon Islands celebrate 40 years of independence

Solomon Islands celebrate 40 years of independence

Photo Credit: Facebook/ Solomon Islands Brisbane Community
Story by Mary Harm

From the highs of sovereignty to the ethnic tensions of the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Melanesian nation of the Solomon Islands celebrates how far the country has come.

On July 7, 2018, the Strathpine Community Centre was transformed into a celebration of the Solomon Islands 40th Independence Day Celebrations. This year’s theme was Redirecting our Nation at 40, empowering Solomon Island youth to join their elders in ensuring the nation remains united.

Attendees were transported to all nine provinces of the Solomon Islands through cultural song and dance, a mouth-watering selection of Pacific foods as well as several generous raffle prizes. The most sought after prize of the night were two airfares to Solomon Islands.

The managing organisation of the event, the Solomon Islands Brisbane Community, is currently run by Brisbane-based Solomon Islander students and recent graduates.

Sania Alamate, the 2018 secretary of the Solomon Islands Brisbane Community, said this year’s celebrations were special because they got to celebrate the events on the actual day of independence, unlike previous years.

“Culture survives when its people choose to preserve it, cherish it, and pass it on, and we think by showing our children and helping them to embrace their culture is something that will help keep it alive,” she said.

It wouldn’t be a celebration of the Solomons without dancing from as many of our provinces as possible.

Golden Cowrie & Pacific Tea, Aelan Jewels, Makira Gold and Solomon Airlines were some of the many local Solomon Island Businesses to join in this year’s celebrations.