Tomorrow, Tuesday 29 November, Unity Day Public Holiday, will see the biggest City Festival in the Capital Port Vila.

Lord Mayor, Urlich Symphtoh said that it is a time for all Port Vila residents and citizens to show their pride in their home town with a celebration all across town.

The celebration will be held on the main street Port Vila tomorrow between 6am-6pm from Anchor Inn to the Market Place area with a public march commencing at 7am from Fung Kuei to the main stage in town.

All tents and stalls are FREE OF CHARGE and while businesses are asked to promote their festive offers, products and services, all Port Vila residents are asked to bring their tents and tables to sell food, aelan kakai, handicraft and items to help make extra money for their families for Christmas.

The day will see International cultural items and food stalls with cuisine from Philliphines, Malaysia, China, Australia, New Zeland, French, Tahiti, Fiji and Vanuatu.

City Festival Chairman, Arthur Knight said that Port Vila today is home to many people from all around the world and it is important that the day’s activities reflects our cosmopolitan mix with a special emphasis on Vanuatu custom and culture to maintain our unique identity.

“We ask parents to encourage their children to show the Vanuatu way by wearing traditional cultural wear from their respective islands to show who we are to the world,” said Chairman.

“We also dedicate this special day to all former Municipal leaders who have passed on and citizens who have struggled over many decades to bring the Port Vila city to what it is today.”


The day includes the traditional mayor’s Guard of Honor at 8am market, 2017 Pacific Games Mascot unveiling of Nasi or “Nasiviru”, Launch of official 2017 Theme song,  street dancing, kids games and competitions, cash prizes for Futsal at Centerpoint, Pentanque behind Paris Shopping area, 4 music stages at the market, BSP bank, Sound Center and Healthwise area with live shows and performances all day.

“A special feature is the Facebook Funniest Kava Face Competition live on line on the biggest social network YSS / YTS where everyone gets to vote by “liking” the funniest kava face photo after the first shell with the highest likes by 5pmwinning prizes apart from other competitions and awards in the day,” said the Chairman.

All competitions are free entry, all parking outside the main street areas at General Store, Post Office, China town and Anchor Inn to Moorings.

“It is also a busy day for tourists so they will have a change to experience our friendliness and celebration,” concluded the Mayor Symphtoh.

The mascot for the Vanuatu 2017 Mini Games will also be introduced – look out for our Nasiviru!