Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA)
member of the International Music Council - (IMC-UNESCO)
2007 CIA Winter Congress - Nagigia Island, FIJI
New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA)
Sponsors: Accordions Worldwide, Nagigia Island Resort and Harley Jones

Tuesday , January 23, 2007

Thank you to Mr. Li Cong (China) for providing most of the photographs for the CIA Event.
Additional photographs provided by Harley Jones and Kevin Friedrich.
Mr. Li Cong pictured in front of the King Kong Mountain on Kandavu, FIJI.

Arrival in Nagigia Island, FIJI
Members of the CIA Delegation aboard the Sun Air Flight from Nadi (FIJI) to Vunisea on Kandavu Island
Ariel View of Fiji Islands during trip to Kandavu

Members of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Executive Committee, Music Committee, Delegates and Guests have gathered on Nagigia Island, FIJI to conduct their 117th General Assembly of Delegates meetings.

Attendees from countries including New Zealand, United Kingdom, Finland, United States, Germany, China and France are meeting during this first ever Winter Congress gathering in the Southern Hemisphere.

The event has been coordinated by the CIA Public Relations Manager Harley Jones and it is being held under the auspices of the New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA) the hosts of the 2009 Coupe Mondiale in Auckland, New Zealand.

Guests attending the Winter Congress Meeting have the opportunity to experience the unique culture of the neighboring Village including visits to the local schools and traditional Meke celebrations.

Also attending the event as guests are several CIA Contestants including Benoit Chabod and Cyril Blanchard and two CIA Virtuoso Entertainment Champions Phil Bouvier (2004) and Julien Gonzales (2006) who will be performing several concerts while in Fiji.

Nagigia Island is the world headquarters of Accordions Worldwide and Music for Accordion, proving today's technology can unite even the remotest areas of the world.

Sun Air Flight arriving in Kandavu
Members of the CIA Delegation gathering luggage on the beach to be loaded onto the boats for the trip to Nagigia Island
CIA Delegation before boarding the Fishing Boats for the trip to Nagigia Island
The trip from Vunisea to Nagigia Island takes approximately 1 hour by Fishing Boat
Staff members from Nagigia Island offering a traditional welcome to the arriving guests
After members settled into their Island dwellings, they were given a tour fo the facilities including the Accordions Worldwide Office where the AWW team publishes the International News as well as typesets music for Music For Accordion
To conclude the arrival in Nagigia, guests were hosted at a dinner with spokesperson Joeli of the NABUKELEVU-I-RA village.
Mr. Li Cong is pictured presenting Joeli with a gift from China.

Confederation Internationale Des Accordeonistes (CIA) - General Secretary
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