Two years on from Cyclone Pam, local band DropVkal Family sends musical message – climate change is ‘Dangerous’

Vanuatu band DropVkal Family is known for its incisive social messages as much as it is for its hard-edged roots-rock-reggae fusion sound – and their latest track, ‘Dangerous’, released to mark the second anniversary of Cyclone Pam, is no exception.

The band’s musical vision is to promote vernacular languages and give an alternative to the mainstream reggae sound popular in Vanuatu. They perform regularly at bars and restaurants around Port Vila, playing Saturday nights at the Saloon Bar, and Sunday afternoons at the Beach Bar at Mele. They are also available to play special events.

“We’re a group of friends from different islands of Vanuatu that have come together because of our love of music, and our interest in contributing to the development of Vanuatu and its special local culture”, says Read the rest of this entry »


Stunning short film inspired by Vanuatu melds poetry, cinema and message of kindness

‘My Son’, a new short film inspired by and filmed in Vanuatu, is a moving note from a mother to her unborn child. It mixes poetry with amazing imagery shot (mostly) on location in Vanuatu – and carries with it a strong message of tolerance, humanity and kindness.

Directed and co-produced by Germain Lalot and written and co-produced by Claire Endress, with a voiceover in english and french captions. Enjoy it on Vimeo.

Vidéo : Aires marines taboues du Vanuatu

Regardez cette nouvelle vidéo de L’Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) Nouvelle-Calédonie sur les zones marines tabous au Vanuatu.

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VIDEO: ‘Hackers’, winner of the 2016 Namatan Short Film Festival

For your viewing pleasure: here’s the winning entry of the 2016 Namatan Short Film Festival: Hackers, a humorous look at computer hacking. The film also won People’s Choice Award:

VIDEO: Sounds of Vanuatu

The Vanuatu Music Revival Project, which describes itself as a “grassroots aid mission working to bring music and smiles back to those who lost their instruments in the devastation of Cyclone Pam”, has just released this short video made on location in Vanuatu last year, a taster for a longer documentary about the project that is currently being edited, according to New Zealand filmmaker Rowena Baines.

More information about the Vanuatu Music Revival Project can be found on their website or their Facebook page.

Vanuatu Tourism social media marketing campaign yields incredible images

Vanuatu Tourism recently recruited a number of influential image makers on social media platform Instagram and asked them to come to Vanuatu and capture their impressions of Vanuatu, and share them with their Instagram followers. We recently featured a video from this innovative social media marketing campaign; below is only a selection, but the results really speak for themselves:


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So intense and all these little fern shadows make me happy! This guy and his friends jumped out of the bushes and scared our little group. I'm embarrassed to say I just froze and closed my eyes… Like if I can't see it it isn't happening!! Haha! What a great cultural experience!! @vanuatuislands #discovervanuatu

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I honestly didn't think you were able to stand on the edge of an active volcano, and I had no idea it was possible to do it so close to home In Sydney. Yesterday I visited Mount Yasur on Tanna Island, part of @vanuatuislands. I'll never forget looking down into the crater and seeing a molten pool of lava bubbling below. It is truly one of the most incredible things I've ever done. It was also one of the most exhilarating photographic shoots of my life. I'm still buzzing about it. Thanks to @matjoez for helping me with this shot. 🌋👌#discovervanuatu

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VIDEO: Seven days in Vanuatu

Enjoy this beautiful timelapse video shot recently here in Vanuatu by Matthew Vandeputte for Vanuatu Tourism: