The Fest’Napuan 2016 festival will take place at Saralana Park in Port Vila starting from tonight, Wednesday 12th October, until Sunday 16th October. It is one of the longest continuously running music festival in the South Pacific and is free to the public.
Participating artists in Fest’Napuan 2016 will include prominent musicians from Papua New Guinea, Nouvelle-Calédonie, Fiji, Solomon Islands and West Papua. Prominent local Ni-Vanuatu artists will have the chance to share the stage and display their talent too.
The music festival will take place over a span of five days and will celebrate a diverse genre of music including local ‘string band’ music, reggae, hip-hop, folk and rock and ending with religious themed music on Sunday 16th October.
The theme of Fest’Napuan 2016 is “Independence in the Pacific: What we have achieved and what we are still fighting for.”
Artists and peaceful activists from across the region will come to Fest’Napuan to highlight issues relating to the self-determination of Pacific peoples including the struggle for political independence in places such as West Papua, Kanaky Nouvelle-Calédonie, Tahiti, Hawai’i and Rapa Nui.
This year’s theme will also address challenges that arise after political independence is achieved, based on the experiences of nations such as Fiji, Solomons Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.
Fest’Napuan’s theme was proposed by the Wansolwora Dance movement and is supported regionally by the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC), the Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO), and Bismarck Ramu Group.
Food stalls will be selling food and drinks, T-shirts are on sale for 1500vt and are available in a range of colors and sizes. The event will be streamed lived by Television Blong Vanuatu.
For more information, visit the Fest’Napuan website.