As the Melanesian Arts and Culture Festival (MACFEST) inches closer, an exciting, first ever literary component, Haus Storian, has been finalised. A number of passionate literary advocates have joined hands with organisations to put together an exciting itinerary to promote Melanesian voices in the form of storytelling, prose, and poetry. Haus Storian will run alongside other important parts of the festival, from 24 to 28 July 2023 in Port Vila at the Alliance Francaise.
Creating a literary space for Melanesian creatives at the Festival helps to highlight the significance of this art form. It also provides linkages to the larger Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FESTPAC) and the literary activities within the wider Pacific festival programme and beyond. MACFEST provides an opportunity for the sub-region to reflect on ways to gather Melanesian writers and to create awareness about locally produced books as well as to encourage the sale of these products at the festival itself.
Click here for the Haus storian schedule.