Ambrym & Paama Cultural Festivals 2018
Back To My Roots Festival
Olal, North Ambrym : 15, 16, 17 August 2019
The festival features welcoming custom dances, tam tam drumming, magic shows, flute demonstrations and sand drawing. As well as men and women’s custom dances, followed by a Namangi ceremony. The festival ends with the highlight of the entire festival (which is also the signatory dance of Ambrym Island) the Rom custom dance! Contact: Chief Sekor +678 5907659
Lantasu & Volcano Festival - NEW!
Lonmei Village, Sou' West Ambrym : 5 & 6 September 2018
Experience Magic with Magma!
This is a new festival comes with a difference; not only including performances such as the famous “Rom dance”, traditional displays, and magic, it will culminate in an optional walk up to Mt Benbow and camping overnight on the ash plane. A cultural festival not to be missed – magic with magma!
Contact: Jonas Wanem 7382180
Paama Island Mini Arts Festival
Tevali Aot Village, Paama Island : 26th -27th July 2018
The communities of Paama Island have organised a revival festival post Cyclone Pam to show that they are recovering well and to encourage people to visit their beautiful island with it's very own unique culture. Arrive via air to Paama airport and boat down the coast to walk in to the festival ground at Tevalia Aot Village or come via yacht and anchor in Tahi. Stay with local families, a guesthouse, or come via yacht and anchor in Tahi.
Contact: Sam Abel +678 5939483
Advance bookings essential.
Yam & Magic Festival
Olal, North Ambrym : 4 & 5 July 2019
An ancient cultural event in Ambrym – the Island of Magic! This yearly festival reveals why the yam is so sacred to the Melanesian people. You'll hear custom stories, witness traditional dances, watch demonstrations of intricate sand drawings and encounter different kinds of ritual magic.
Contact: Chief Sekor +678 5907659
Fanla Village, North Ambrym : 13 & 14 July 2018
This festival is not to be missed if you wish to see authentic, energetic, well-costumed Rom kastom in Vanuatu. There are usually more than 20 dancers and a crowd of over 300 village people. Be witness to the rarely-seen-by-outsiders circumcision ceremony with all the associated ‘kastom’ dances also be privy to ‘Mask Revealed’ ceremony with dance. There will also be traditional bamboo music, mouth organ playing, traditional cooking, weaving demonstrations and powerful Magic. Be sure to bring your wallet to purchase some of the most beautiful carving in wood and lava stone in Vanuatu.
Contact: Freddy Roromal, 7722853 / 5441025 or James Roromal 7783717
Black Island Identity Festival
Magam, Ambrym , NOT PERFORMING in 2017
This festival was initiated by the native of the 'Black Island' for the preservation and promotion of traditional knowledge for future generations.
Contact: +678 7771376 or +678 5961066
Namangi Luan Festival
Grade Taking Ceremony in the Small Nambas tribe of Malekula has been a cultural process of transffering power from an elderly chief to his son. It involves several days of custom performances where the relatives of the chief is also involve. The Namangi Luan Tribe would like to showcase its rich culture performances during the Festival on the 26th and 27th of September 2018.
Contact: Robert Ravun 7711620 or 5548888