The Vibrant Arts scene of Guam

Guam is a vibrant island, populated by a remarkable number of painters, dancers, musicians, playwrights, poets, and artists of all stripes. Though Guam has long been home to a thriving and innovative artistic culture, the local art in Guam has become more visible only lately.

Music is an inherent way of the Guam life and Chamorro music can be heard at dance events and festivals across the island. The night market in Chamorro village is another great place to hear the lively rhythms of this proud island art form. A notable form of Guam’s traditional music is chanting, sometimes performed in a call-and-response style and often accompanying traditional dances. Like a lot of other aspects of Guam’s culture, the music here also has undergone several distinct transformations, including after the pre-contact era during Spanish rule, during World War II and again in the post-War activist era, as well as in the 1980s when Guam’s dance scene underwent a major revival period.

Another notable feature of Guam’s culture is the lively dance form that is prevalent here. Venerable dance groups such as the collective Pa’a Taotao Tano’ and the folk dance team Inetnon Gef Pa’go enliven Guam’s dance scene. Visual art in public places such as bus stops, village murals and other forms of art like storytelling, weaving and jewelry making make the art scene in Guam vibrant, colorful and as lively as the beaches and sunshine that is prevalent here. When you visit Guam, don’t forget to book your stay at Days Inn, for a great stay.

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