All local Ni-Vanuatu musicians who will be performing at Fest’Nalenga and Fest’Napuan 2015 have been invited to participate in a Climate Change song competition where they may win prizes including sponsorship to record a full album at a professional recording studio (sponsored by Shefa Provincial Government Council and UNDP SGP) or the recording of a single song and the production of a music video (sponsored by Mastersounds and Further Arts).
A special Climate Change workshop was organized on the 23rd of September 2015 by the Fest’Napuan Association with support from GIZ to assist artists in composing songs about Climate Change while reflecting on the threats it poses for pacific island countries. The urgent need to communicate the effects of climate change and lobby for action, in the lead-up to the international climate change negotiations in Paris France in December 2015 was highlighted. Musicians were given technical climate change knowledge from Vanuatu’s own experts from the Red Cross Vanuatu, Care International, the Vanuatu Energy Department, Live & Learn, SPC-GIZ and the Pacific Risk and Resilience Programme. The workshop provided a general overview on climate change as well as background information on the climate change sub-themes that will feature on each day of the festival.
The lead singer of Dausake stringband, Fred Esau said:
“ I am glad that I was invited to represent my group at the workshop. I learnt a lot about climate change and how it is affecting us, small pacific island countries. Climate change is an important issue for us pacific islands and through music, my group and I will sing about how climate change is affecting my island and ask our leaders to take action”.
While the main theme of the 2015 Fest Napuan will be “20 Aniveseri – Musik i faerap yet” or “20th Anniversary – the Music is still booming!”, organizers have developed daily sub themes related to specific climate change issues that reflect the resilience of the people of Vanuatu following cyclone Pam:
- Wednesday 28 Oct: Disaster Risk Resilience
- Thursday 29 Oct: Traditional Climate Knowledge
- Friday 30th Oct: Energy Security
- Saturday 31st Oct: Food and Water Security
- Sunday 1st of Nov: Our Environment, Land and Marine Resources
This is the 20th anniversary of Fest’Napuan in Vanuatu and it promises to be the best ever with real action on climate change a major outcome. The public is welcome to attend and share their own stories, fears and demands on climate change during the festival because the world will be watching!
Recording prizes for the best climate change song compositions and performances have generously been sponsored by Shefa Provincial Government Council, UNDP Small Grants Programme, Mastersounds and Further Arts.
For more information regarding the competition, the artists are invited to contact GIZ at 29594 or email firstname.lastname@example.org