Message from the Chair of Further Arts

“To all our friends and families around the world,

As you know, on March 13, 2015, Vanuatu was smashed by a monster cyclone – TC Pam. There was massive damage done to the Further Arts office. Up until now, we have not set up a direct donation page for Further Arts. Despite all the damage to the office and the studio equipment, and the problems that it has caused for Sarah and Ladonna and all the local media crew who use the studio for the media work, we are conscious that the damage to Further Arts has been damage to property … not to people or their access to food and water. So for this reason we have been waiting for the first round of critical relief to be mobilised for people whose lives are in danger before we make a call out for FA.
We have also been coordinating collections of donations for specific communities that we work with. The young media crew at FA also worked with UNICEF to interview cyclone survivors around Port Vila in the fiurst few weeks after it hit. We are now working with the Erromango community on a documentary video project to document the stories of resilience and survival from this island which was one of the worst hit.
We have pretty much reached the stage now where we feel like we need to start to prioritise the “rebuilding” of Further Arts. Now that the first round of relief has been distributed to people, gardens are starting to grow again, and some parts of life are getting back to normal.
If you are able to support our campaign to rebuild the office and the studio … and the organisation … please click through to our campaign site:
Thanks for your support
Thomas Dick
Further Arts




Tio EP

Wantok Musik Foundation and Further Arts in Vanuatu will release an EP from Tio – a talented musician from Ambrym island and Port Vila in Vanuatu who’s striking voice and gifted musicianship is sure to strike a chord with many listeners.

The five track EP, produced by Chris Neehause, will be distributed throughout Vanuatu be available digitally in Australia.

For updates on this release, stay tuned to and

See Tio’s profile here.

International Women’s Day 2015

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Make it Happen’. Traditionally celebrated on March 8th every year since 1911, this is an important day with thousands of events occurring worldwide to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.
The 2015 theme is especially designed to encourage effective action for advancing and regonising women.

In Vanuatu, the theme has been translated into Bislama: Mekem i kam tru!

Fondation Suzanne Bastien is celebrating the day on Monday 9th March with an exhibition of local Vanuatu women and expatriates artwork on display for 2 weeks.  Come along to the opening at 5pm Monday 9th March and find out about the exhibition program, which includes song, dance, paintings, films and photographs on display.




From 27 to 29 January 2015, ten children from Fanafo, Showground, Radio Station, Chapuis and Solway, with their parents, will come together at Chapuis in a special creative arts workshop. Guiding them in their activities will be a supporting team made up of artistic leaders and an educational representative from Luganville.

This activity is an initiative of the Traditional Entertainment and Kastom Support (TEKS) section of Further Arts, with funding from The Christensen Fund.

Read more here

Nesar Studio team travel to Tanna with CARE International for the Young Girls Life Skills Program in TAFEA.  The Nesar Studio crew will be documenting the event and stories of some of the girls to develop a film with CARE International.  CARE International:




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“Minutes of Emyo Tinyo Dance & Music Festival”

3rd – 24th December 2014 at Fondation Suzanne Bastien, Pango Road, Efate, Vanuatu   Read more here



Roselyne Tari (Nesar Studio Coordinator) and Toukala Sam (Nesar Studio Media Team) attended the workshop in Fiji.

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FemLINKPACIFIC planned events to celebrate Rural Women’s Leadership

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Teenage Pregnancy / Watson Robert & Eddie M.Teenage pregnancy can affect an individual’s life adversely. The disadvantages of teenage pregnancy and how it can be prevented.

Yungfala we oli no wok / Jonathan Simon – Port Vila has many young people who cannot or choose to find work. This documentary asks question to parents, bosses and youth themselves to ask what the challenges are in finding work today.

World Cup 2014 / Nicky Kuatonga – The build up to the World Cup from the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. With a population of roughly 250,000, Vanuatu’s men’s team is ranked 190th in the world. Vanuatu did not qualify for this World Cup. In fact, they have not qualified for any other World Cup. This documentary shows this nation has a passion for football.

Watch it here


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Further Arts Nesar Studio’s Coordinator Roselyne to participate in the Hawai’i Conservation Conference

Studio Coordinator at Further Arts Nesar Studio, Roselyne Tari, will travel to Honolulu, Hawai’i next week for the annual Hawai’i Conservation Conference held at the Hawai’i Convention Centre in Honolulu from the 15th-17th July. Roselyne is an emerging ni-Vanuatu filmmaker from Ambae and Ambrym islands in Vanuatu, based in Blacksands, Port Vila with a passion for communication for development.

The 22nd Annual Hawai’i Conservation Conference adopts the theme “Navigating Change in the Pacific Islands” with the aim of bolstering island conservation in Hawai‘i and wider Pacific Islands. The conference program includes a number of provoking keynote speakers, panels and forums, and opportunities to network and participate in training. See more information here:

Roselyne is very fortunate for this fantastic opportunity to travel to Hawai’i to network with others in the region on bio-cultural and conservation issues. She hopes that her participation will improve her understanding of current issues surrounding environmental practice and climate change in the Pacific, as well as traditional Hawaiian resource management knowledge and stories.

As a young indigenous filmmaker and media specialist, Roselyne engages daily with other youth and community members to teach and facilitate various creative media initiatives using photo, film and audio. Roselyne believes that empowering local community members through training and access to information communication technologies is an effective means to express often marginalized and unheard voices and stories for social change. She has worked on several projects linked to bio-cultural and environmental issues including: the Action Against Climate Change initiative in which she mentored high school students to produce a film about the relationship between gender and climate change issues; and a project supporting and promoting rural community arts festivals and traditional cultural heritage in Northern Vanuatu through multimedia production. She was also the first prize recipient of the Namatan Short Film Festival 2014 for her film, True Colours.



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