Jacques Brel, famous poet-singer
The Jacques Brel memorial was opened for the 25th anniversary of the artist's death, in Atuona, island of Hiva Oa.
In 2003, the island of Hiva-Oa (Marquesas) commemorated the 25th anniversary of the death of poet-singer Jacques Brel, through the opening of a large hangar entirely set up to the memory of the great singer: "l’Espace Jacques Brel". This real museum of the Tropics welcomes visitors and offers them an overview showing the short but intense years spent by the singer in the Marquesas.
The movie projection equipment that Brel had imported from France to spice up the monotonous life of his Marquesan friends is exhibited there as well as his airplane, his famous "Bonanza", renamed "Jojo" in the memory of a dear friend, which has been restored under the sponsorship of the Dassault company.
In Atuona, between Gauguin and Brel, life goes on peacefully, but nothing will ever be the same.
The ubiquitous memory of these two great men gives the island an exceptional status in the middle of the Pacific, an emotional pilgrimage destination welcoming each year hundred of unconditional fans from all over the world.