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Hundreds of participants to showcase heritage

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, September 17, 2009) – On November 1 Port Vila will come alive to the beat of tamtams, kastom danis and traditional songs as it welcomes the 3rd National Festival of Arts.

Coinciding with the acclaimed Pacific Music Event Fest Napuan, this festival will provide an enthralling showcase of the wonderful cultural diversity that makes the Islands of Vanuatu unique, with something for absolutely everyone to enjoy.

Melanesian Hotel Managing Director Mr. Hiro Osuka handing over a cheque to the National Arts Festival’s Food Committee representatives

The first National Arts Festival to be held since 1991 will present 700 participants from throughout the islands, including a delegation from New Caledonia.

Displays and exhibitions will include everything from basket weaving, sand drawing, kastom story telling to a traditional canoe race and island food.

In the year of the kastom ekonomi, the theme of the festival is celebrating cultural diversity towards a sustainable economy, emphasizing the strength of Vanuatu’s tradition in a world of economic uncertainty.

The festival will be held in the Parliament House compound with several nakamals representing each of the six provinces.

During the day Saralana Stage will host an array of performances from 9am until 3pm before the beats of Fest Naupan take the stage.

In addition to the exciting demonstrations of traditional arts, there will also be a Contemporary Visual Arts Exhibition and several lectures from experts on Vanuatu Art.

Preparations are currently well underway and as we move closer to the date of the festival a program will be realized detailing alternative venues and activities.

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