Queen contestants of the Digicel Nadi Bula Festival 2017 pictured at Tanoa Skylodge Hotel, Nadi. Photo: MARGARET NAQIRI.
By ANA SOVA
The Nadi Bula Festival Trust has urged business houses, hoteliers, and corporate entities to partner with them to achieve their key objective in organising the Digicel Nadi Bula Festival 2017.
Speaking during the launch of the festival at the Tanoa Skylodge Hotel, Nadi Bula Festival Trust President, Leone Naivalu said organising a festival of this magnitude was not an easy task.
“It requires a total commitment and most importantly support from business houses and the Nadi community. Keeping in mind that return on investment is to maximize as much publicity as possible for your respective companies,” Mr. Naivalu said.
He acknowledged Digicel Fiji who has partnered with the Trust as major sponsor for the past three years.
“We are indeed grateful for the continuous sponsorship support and hope this will continue in the coming years,” Mr. Naivalu said.
He also thanked co-sponsors and contestant sponsors of the event for their immense contribution and support.
“I must thank the people behind the scenes who have worked tirelessly in ensuring that we organise another successful festival for 2017,” Mr. Naivalu said.
In officially launching the festival, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Parveen Bala said the Bula Festival is rightfully proud being Fiji’s longest continuous pageant and carnival.
“I congratulate the organising committee over the past 56 years and the people of Nadi for making this possible. I have served as mayor and special administrator for local municipalities and I know exactly how difficult it is to organise, sustain and grow a pageant and carnival,” Mr. Bala said.
Meanwhile, the Trust is also working closely this year with the Nadi Town Council.
“And with request put forward from the Ministry of Local Government we have incorporated our theme this year as “Transition Starts Where You Live”, whereby the festival itself will be solely guided with the theme and will be streamlined accordingly with the contestants advocacy topics and the weeklong programs,” Mr. Naivalu said.
The Trust has also opened up new opportunities.
“We have opened up new opportunities to the Pan Pacific Southeast Asia Women’s Association (PPSEWA) by dedicating the day program for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the festival week for women who are members of the Association to showcase their art work,” Mr. Naivalu said.
The festival has also partnered with the Nadi Aviators Rugby League in their tournaments this year.
“This will feature the contestants at the round off tournaments on the 17th of June as a build up to the festival,” Mr. Naivalu said.
A float competition will also be held during the closing march of the festival. The Trust is inviting business houses to take part.
The floats design should be in relation to this year’s theme, Transition Starts Where You Live.
The Digicel Nadi Bula Festival 2017 will be held from the 22nd– 29th of July.