Voices for Change (24/09/2012)
Started in March 2011, the EU Delegation to Vanuatu gave the green light to the 'Voices for Change project' in May 2012, aiming to increase political and civic awareness amongst citizens on democracy and political rights issues through the use of traditional governance structures and cultural events. Currently, the project is going on in the three different provinces of (check names).
The most recent event was a successful series of seminars and workshops hosted by the Youth Against Corruption Vanuatu and Further Arts organisations, and sponsored, amongst other, by the European Union. The goal was to empower people through the use of music and cultural creativity, informing them on social and civil problems, as well as on the need for more democratic engagement.
Taking place on the 24th and 25th of September, in accordance with this year's edition of the Fest'Napuan, the seminars were warmly welcomed by its participants, with crowds near the hundreds attending each day of the workshops.
The event also resulted in a collaboration between Rize of the Morning Star, a famous national band, and local musicians, which joined Rize on the Fest'Napuan stage last Saturday.
As Voices for Change continues its course, other events are to take place, with young people becoming more and more involved in debates on civil society and democracy.