‘Yu Luk Mi Luk Yu’ portrait prize exhibition opening 2nd August at Fondation Suzanne Bastien Gallery

'BJ' by Arlene Bax

‘BJ’ by Arlene Bax

Yu Luk Mi Luk Yu — a new portrait prize and exhibition — will open Wednesday 2nd August, 5pm at the Fondation Suzanne Bastien Gallery on Pango Rd, Port Vila.

Throughout art history the portrait has been a means for the artist to record stories of people, place and the subject’s impact on their life. Today, considering the barrage of negativity found in mainstream media everywhere and a human thirst for tales of scandal, the Yu Luk Mi Luk Yu portrait exhibition attempts to show and tell positive stories of people from Vanuatu from artists’ point of view.

'Vev (Mum)' by Phillipa Sivehi

‘Vev (Mum)’ by Phillipa Sivehi

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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.


Port Vila’s mayor wants income and corporate taxes to pay for service delivery

Port Vila's Mayor, Ulrich Sumptoh. File photo/IISD

Port Vila’s Mayor, Ulrich Sumptoh. File photo/IISD

Port Vila Mayor Sumptoh supports a taxation reaching everyone to pay for the services people receive from government as they are expected to pay for their municipal services. He is quoted by all media. He is certain the capital’s townspeople will contribute Read the rest of this entry »


Air Vanuatu Twin Otter cable snap incident under investigation

File photo of an Air Vanuatu Twin Otter at Gaua Airport. Photo: Olivier Morice/Wikimedia Commons

File photo of an Air Vanuatu Twin Otter at Gaua Airport. Photo: Olivier Morice/Wikimedia Commons

The broken cable which caused “technical difficulties” with the Twin Otter plane at Walaha just over a week ago is being investigated. Air Vanuatu, Vanuatu Civil Aviation and Civil Aviation NZ are conducting the inquiry. The cable was manufactured in New Zealand. The break was potentially very serious, but occurred just as the plane was landing and the pilot handled the matter majestically, Air Vanuatu advises. Good news for Air Vanuatu safety at the same time is the airline’s passing of its IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). CEO Joseph Laloyer said the results of the 2016 audit were the best ever achieved by the company. (Daily Post)

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Art exhibition opening today: ‘Sik Plastik long Solwota’

Opening Thursday 6 October 17:00–21:00 at Fondation Suzanne Bastien Gallery, Pango, is ‘Sik Plastik Long Solwota’ an exhibition addressing the critical impacts of rubbish, particularly plastics, on ocean ecosystems. From October 6 until November 26. More info at the Fondation’s Facebook page.

From the 'Sik 'Sik Plastik long Solwota' exhibition: 'Slippery Fish' by Daniel Owens.

From the ‘Sik Plastik long Solwota’ exhibition: ‘Slippery Fish’ by Daniel Owens.

Poster for 'Sik Plastik long Solwota' exhibition by Julie Sauerwein


Vanuatu sends delegation to check on students in PNG following campus violence

University of Goroka witnessed scenes of chaos as student skirmishes spread through town. Photo: Supplied

University of Goroka witnessed scenes of chaos as student skirmishes spread through town. Photo: Supplied

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Our art is valuable because it carries tradition, says Vanuatu artist

Artist Simix Simeon at work in the studio

Artist Simix Simeon at work in the studio: Photo: Awis Artists

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