St Katherine’s Dock next to Tower Bridge is set to go tropical when the tourist boards of Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea will transform a large pontoon moored in the West Marina into a South Pacific island — against the backdrop of the Olympic rings on Tower Bridge.
South Pacific House will be covered in palm trees, grass skirts and warrior dances and a traditional thatched “bure” (meeting house) will be the main setting of the venue.
The South Pacific House will be open from 26 July until 12 August. Throughout the Games, visitors will be able to join in and learn more about the rich cultural heritage of the South Pacific, which is renowned as being the friendliest place in the world.
There will be a wide range of traditional dancing and songs representing the region which will be showcased on the pontoon, as well as traditional crafts and skills demonstrations.
Visitors will be able to learn more from ambassadors in national costume, who will talk about their islands and be on hand to bring to life these exotic destinations.