30 Jun 2014

Vanuatu NGO celebrates 25 years

9:37 am on 30 June 2014

The Vanuatu theatre group, Wan Smolbag, celebrates 25 years of work in the arts and in the community this week.

The group began with a small band of actors and now produces plays, films, CDs, television and teaching resources that educate and entertain audiences across the Pacific.

It has also gone on to establish health clinics, a sports complex, youth centres, a conservation network, and workshops to boost employment skills.

Sasha Zara, a festival producer from Australia, has been involved in the NGO over the past 10 years and is in Vanuatu to produce the 25th anniversary celebrations.

She says Wan Smolbag is a unique organisation that has traversed many different issues.

"From you know waste management, to domestic violence, to education around electoral rights, you know HIV awareness. There's a whole lot of issues that are really wide ranging that Wan Smolbag certainly aren't afraid to tackle and they do it in a pretty amazing way."

Sasha Zara says performers have come from South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand for the anniversary festivities.