Fest’Napuan is a charitable association in Vanuatu focused on the development of the local music industry. It is the organising committee for the annu

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The first Fest’Napuan was organised in 1996 by the Vanuatu Cultural Centre to commemorate the second National Day of Culture - 17th November – which had been officially declared by the Government the previous year to celebrate the opening of the new National Museum building on that date in 1995. Fest’Napuan 1996 was staged in front of the National Museum building, in the purpose-built amphitheatre of the National Cultural Complex, which has now become the event’s home.

The name ‘Fest’Napuan’ is a combination of two words, the word ‘festival’ from English and French, and the word ‘napuan’ from one of the languages of the island of Tanna, which means music and dance. The Fest’Napuan aims to promote the development of contemporary music in Vanuatu by:

* providing young people in music groups with the chance to perform in front of a large audience and access to greater public exposure;

* providing young people in music groups and aspiring musicians with exposure to other bands and other types of music;

* encouraging Government and private sponsors to recognise and support Vanuatu’s contemporary musicians;

* providing two nights of free top-quality musical entertainment for the people of Port Vila (and the rest of the country) performed by a broad cross-section of local groups and special overseas acts.

The Fest’Napuan is organised by its own committee, all of whom are volunteers. Each year, the committee has comprised mostly of young people, many of who are musicians themselves and many of whom are unemployed. Their participation in the organising committee provides them with skills and experience in office management, administration, logistics and organisation that greatly improves their prospects for later employment.



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