I know I have had A LOT of experiences on the buses of Vanuatu. It is frustrating at times and downright funny at other times. Here’s another Friday evening bus story.
My small brother and I left work really late. It was the Friday of October 4, 2013. I had asked him to come so he could help me carry stuff home. Well, as things worked out, we left work at 6:00pm. On the roadside beside Wan Smolbag Theatre, we started the arduous task of stopping buses. Two guys, trying to stop a bus to Beverly Hills at Tagabe is an exercise in futility.
The stories of how technology would be used to preserve Kastom seems to be headed to another direction. The initial plans in that regard involved the use of technology, not only to preserve our cultural and kastom practices, but more importantly to involve the population in actively practicing it. Well, that has not been the case.
I stood and watched as he moved the brush effortlessly and efficiently, leaving behind trails of orange. He had been tasked with painting the “Sounds of Hope” logo at the Saralana stage and he accepted to do it as a volunteer. A veteran artist hailing from the North-western part of Malekula, his strokes have been witnessed in a lot of paintings pertaining to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He works at Au Bon Marché at Nambatu, but more people know him as an artist. His name is Joseph Thomas.
Wan Smolbag Theatre’s new play “Kakae Rat” pushes boundaries which writer Jo Dorras has never delved into as she has been penning scenes of drama in WSB’s past plays. While there have been community plays which required unconventional characters – like the one play about the environment which involved robots – there has never been a major production that drives our imaginations into multiple dimensions as Kakae Rat has, with its seemingly unconventional characters – the rats!
After watching the play from beginning to end, the director, Peter Walker, asked me what I though about it. All I could say was, “Oh, it was nice!” That might not have been what the director wanted to hear, but I was too preoccupied to give him anything else.
What was I preoccupied with?
It’s been three months since cyclone Pam blew us to the ground, claiming 11 lives. Some people lived through the aftermath by imagining what life would be like three months later. Well now is three months later and the road to recovery – at least for mother nature – seems safe and sound.
So what has happened ever since?
From March 6 to March 10, 2015 the UNICEF is running a workshop on Helping Meet the Psycho-Social Needs of Children after Cyclone PAM, at the Melanesian Hotel in Port Vila. It is a pioneering workshop to develop and produce international standard communication for infants, preschool and early primary school aged children and [their] families. All of these will be produced entirely in Bislama and will be shared through health centers, child protection advocates and education institutions throughout Vanuatu.