Vanuatu is participating at the Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam to present a session on ‘Women in culture’ at the forum of Culture, Arts and Sustainable Development in the Pacific to be held at Adelup in Guam from 30 May to 1 June.
The Festival of Pacific Arts is a unique opportunity to bring together government officials, heritage custodians, artists, performers and creators, and local community to discuss culture and arts policy, and promote knowledge exchange and sharing. The Forum will discuss international trends in arts, culture and development policy, and participants will learn about some of the many initiatives that are being led by Pacific communities. The Forum will be jointly hosted by the Festival host, the Office of the Governor of Guam, UNESCO and the SPC.
Delly Nalo is the founder and coordinator of the Traditional Entertainment mo Kastom Sapot unit in Santo (TEKS). This organisation in Santo is supporting kastom as a means to encourage respect in youth-led initiatives, involving arts. TEKS is unit of Further Arts. Activities it is supporting are creative arts workshops for pikininis, water music touring in Australia, the creation of a DVD on water music, research on traditional music instruments, the Singaot Musik Kamp involving musicians from Europe and the Pacific, and support of festivals in Gaua, Santo and Ambrym.
Delly Nalo’s presentation at the forum will discuss how the women of the Banks islands in Vanuatu are playing a pivotal role in maintaining and promoting kastom through Water Music performances, outlining how women can play a role in maintaining and passing traditional knowledge on to children.
This representation Guam has been made possible by Further Arts, based in Port Vila. Further Arts is also sending Rosa Moiwend from Pasifika (based in Papua). Tim Cole who was Director of the Women’s Water Music DVD will also be there to showcase Vanuatu’s Water Music.