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Vanuatu Music Festival Unites Against Corruption

Nov, 04, 2011 - Kate Declerck

The free and open air Fest’Napuan Music Festival (10-12 November 2011) held annually in the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila, is one of the most important cultural events in the Pacific Islands.

This year, the festival takes the theme ‘Unite and Fight Against Corruption’ (in bislama Kam tugeta mo faet agensem korapsen) reaffirming the importance of music in raising awareness and mobilizing public support to address social challenges.

This action comes on the wake of the young ni-Vanuatu reggae band Young Life’s celebrated win in the international Fair Play Anti-Corruption Youth Voices music video competition, which brought the band to international stages in Nairobi, Kenya earlier this year to perform their anti-corruption song “Give Us Equal Rights”:


Young Life will be performing Nov 10 to launch the Anti-Corruption Youth Forum organized in parallel with Fest’Napuan by Transparency Vanuatu and Youth Against Corruption Vanuatu (YACV) with the support of the United Nations Development Programme and Global Leadership Interlink. 

To get involved in the forum and discover local actions underway to reduce and discourage the practice of corruption throughout all levels of Vanuatu society visit Youth Against Corruption Vanuatu. The youth of Vanuatu, and indeed in every part of the world, have the potential to create positive changes within society and bring people together to put an end to destructive acts of corruption and self-political gains that inhabit and destroy our lives and communities. The role of musicians is integral in this fight – to support artists dedicating their voices to the struggle visit Fair Play Anti-Corruption Youth Voices.

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