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Polycafe welcomes plans by Afi Pasefika Trust to organise a music and arts festival which caters for young people.
Behind the festival is award-winning musician, Lole Usoali’i.

“The trust was set up because there was a need to reach the many at-risk youth in Samoa by using the Performing Arts, Culture and God,” she said. “It was set up by Samoans for Samoans because we understand as Samoans the needs of the youth.”
What are those needs?  Well one of them is a School of Performing Arts.
“Performing arts is a vehicle for them to better their self esteem,” Ms Usoali’i said.

“Studies show that in America wherever there was a platform for performing arts, whatever rich or poor neighbourhoods, crime rates went down.”
This country can definitely do with something to reduce our growing crime rate. What’s worrying is that every day in Court, young people are appearing for all sorts of offences. 
We’re not saying a school of Performing Arts will solve all our problems. No way.

What it will do, however, is provide an opportunity for young people to channel their energy into something constructive. They can even make money from it if they do well enough.
Take dancing for example. The growing popularity of the Go hip hop competition indicates there is plenty of interest among young people. But the focus for many of the dancers is wrong. This is why we often see fights among competitors.

If there is a place where that focus can be trained, the opportunities are endless. There is a world of professional dancers out there. Samoans are natural entertainers, they’ll fit right in.
And there’s more to a school of Performing Arts than just dancing. 

Ms Usoali’i said the influence of American culture through movies, fashion and music is fast becoming a distraction for many young people. 
Maybe so but we say it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. It goes back to the need for young people to channel their energy into something positive. 
But they can’t do that on their own. 

They need decision makers of today to help them. They need a facility, the infrastructure and guidance. They need a platform to develop.
When young people become bored, they fall wayward into a life of less desirable outcomes. Look no further than the social problems our young people are facing.
We congratulate Ms Usoali’i for the initiative to launch the FOB festival. It’s a platform to start with. We’re sure it’s not easy but with God, anything is possible. 
Join here on Polycafe.nett Social Media and view her profile and support her plans for a Performance Art school.
We also urge our community to get behind the initiative and offer your support where you can. Have a great weekend and God bless!


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