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Fest’Napuan: A festival on the edge
Creative Communities Conference II, Griffith University (2010)
  • Thomas Dick, Southern Cross University

Fest’Napuan is an annual, five-day, cultural festival featuring music and dance from Vanuatu and the Pacific, across two stages. One stage features contemporary music, sometimes decorated with traditional dance and costumes. The secondary stage often features more marginalized cultural elements such as hip-hop dance, traditional cultural dances (without contemporary accoutrements) or women's groups.

Cultural transitional areas where two or more cultures converge and interact are sites in which there is an abundance of diversity of cultural traits. Starting from the theoretical perspective of resilience in cultural and ecological systems, the authors use decolonizing methodologies and narrative analysis to explore the role of Fest'Napuan in developing cultural capital and resilience in the participating communities and a sense of inclusion among indigenous cultures.

This year is the 30th anniversary of Vanuatu's independence from colonial rule and this article explores the narratives around representation for various groups in contemporary Vanuatu society, as presented as acts at the festival, and how they contribute to a sense of national identity.

  • Fest'Napuan,
  • festivals,
  • cultural edge effect,
  • diversity,
  • Vanuatu music
Publication Date
September, 2010
Citation Information
Thomas Dick. "Fest’Napuan: A festival on the edge" Creative Communities Conference II, Griffith University (2010)
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