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Impressions...Tournée des deux Lézards



... The Migratory Children on tour on Efaté Du 20 on December 30th, 2009, the Migratory Children, Eric Dudognon and Sylvain Lorgnier, presented their show of tales, Both Lizards, in villages and districts around Port Vila. In the meeting: poetry, laughter and unbridled imagination …

One of both Lizards, Sylvain Lorgnier, makes us his impressions...

When we are lucky to have already gone to it, the arrival, the Recoming, is made a few days before getting this earth, these faces. The rhythm is not already any more the same, the priorities either and for once the suitcase gets ready with delicacy … Airport of Port Vila: musical notes which already resound as small proustiennes madeleines coated with smiles, perfumed by kava. That to want furthermore? I admit that a Georges Cumbo welcoming us in G-string band and in dress mission ultra colored would fill my teasing spirit. 
For the rest, its presence is enough every time for assuring us meetings and exchanges rich in simplicity; the Big first one for us. We stayed exclusively on Efaté. Finally the time to feel her better no bowl: the air saturates exhaust gases. Buses as an army of termites which would change the earth in polluting gas. The Mirage, always this damned dangerous Mirage, we take him all, and all one misses …

Fortunately that the soul pollutes less faster than the air. The brilliant market of gestures and smiles grows us clown's noses. And for one hour, as kids in a playground, we play with people. We share a little bit exuberant present. Exuberant as is him this nature which encircles closely this small center every hothead with the arrival of December 25th. The evening before the kava, we tell stories at people. The first one was a festival of Franglais to Sulfur Bay Komuniti who was worth to us beautiful roars of laughter. Calmed 60mn later by a chewed kava which to the taste and to the effect would have given us envy to centre our tour in this magic place. Place which had been as teleported of Tanned in this small suburban district. Fortunately that our favorite Men In Black, has us flashés by speaking to us about next days. We thus left for 10 days of adventure, but we forgot nothing. Maybe that if, I remember more what I ate on Wednesday? Ennio, Christelle you' ve has idéa
Not forgotten: the small family of the bookseller which so well welcomed us. Not forgotten The pleasure of the owner of the kava in the 2nd lagoon to welcome a show to him, the beauty of the children. Not forgotten The welcome of Eric and Odile in their Banyan House: 2 Architects Peter Pan and Tao of golden cities. Any creation is a commitment of heart and body. This dream which they show us is a beautiful illustration. And what a foot, for us, to tell there! This evening there, the sap in circulated well between the place, the public and us. Other stories also told … Not forgotten  The quite recent house of the music. She is good on the hill as Maxime L. would want him but she is not blue … Not forgotten Marcel and Alice which swamped us with kindness, with attentions and with professionalism. It is true that in the country of radio-coconut palms, the information can sometimes receive from the frying. Here to Fresh Wata the roars of laughter were everywhere. Jumping up with children in teenagers getting the relatives and sometimes breaking teeth in grandparents. Do not forget notes exchanged in the corner of a huge firefly with " the band ". Particular thought to an ex-masseur in the velvet way. Ex masseur can be, but brother to become there, doubtless;-) not forgotten to keep silent sometimes and not to tell everything not forgotten  Today there is necessary to return not forgotten A small hook, my captain, has Omaïs has to return; another madeleine proustienne, it is for the relatives of my darling. They left Port Vila, a few years ago. He always have a taste of Omaï at the bottom of the palace.


Really when we return there we leave him not completely. Has always something there who remains hung on.

Not forgotten to Create to be still in closer …



Lukim you

Eric D.

Atelier d'écriture à Port-Vila

Stéphane Camille

Workshop of Writing

The magic of the words before Christmas

About ten persons, high school students, students and very motivated adults, followed the workshop " Ecrire une courte nouvelle " livened up by Stéphane Camille in the end of December, 2009. The passage of this translator, writer and journalist, who knows Vanuatu to have stayed at it during seven years, was also the opportunity of the first, one " kava literary  " of the Alliance Française the form of meeting and presentation of books in the Nakamal galaxy, in Freswota.

Organized thanks to the financing of the regional Cooperation, the workshop, which took place on three days, alternated readings, playful exercises of style and writing and creation of two news from common data. The bases of the writing of the third piece of news, or the short text in prose, on a theme in the choice of the participants, were thrown. Already, the workshop ended in original works of very good quality. Some of these works should be put soon online on our site and the best will be lucky to be later published .

Publication in sight Indeed

And this message addresses in all the ''feathers'', confirmed or not, of Vanuatu- the Alliance plans to publish a collection of text of young authors in 2010. Furthermore, a special number of the beautiful literary review episodes of New Caledonia the publication of which is planned for the end of the same year, will be dedicated in Vanuatu.

Then do not hesitate to send from now on your text, poetries, portraits extracted from triesor from novels to the presenter of the workshop who will be in charge of the chief writing of this special number.

And let it know around you!


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Workshop of writting at Port Vila


Kava Literary




Deux lézards au Vanuatu


The Alliance Française of Port vILA welcomes from 20 till 30 December the migratory Children within the framework of a tour financed by the regional Cooperation. The duet of storytellers will present  show " both lizards " in Port Vila as well as in various villages of Efate.

In the Alliance Française, a representation is organized on Wednesday, December 23rd at 4:00 pm.

The program of all the representations is the following one:

On Monday, 21 at 4:00 pm: community of Sulfur Bay (first road to the left after Wan Smol Bag)
On Tuesday, 22 at 10:00 am: market of Port Vila
On Tuesday, 22 at 4:00 pm: at Jean-Pascal Wahen to Black Sand
On Wednesday, 23 at 4:00 pm:Alliance française
On Thursday, 24 at 4:00 pm: the SuperSouth Nakamal, the road of the Second Lagoon
On Sunday, 27 at 4:00 pm: Grand Banyan, at Odile and Eric Leroux, Equestrian Club
On Monday, 28 at 4:00 pm: Natongtong, at Timoti Andrew, first track to the left after bridge(deck) of Erakor
On Tuesday, 29 at 4:00 pm: Turanambe, FSP, Anabrou
" Both lizards "
With: Eric Dudognon and  And Sylvain Lorgnier Ricou and Sylvain venture into the jungle of the African tales. " Frica! Africa it is smart " It is smart but filled(performed) with animals: revisited animals way Tex Avery! Of skulls endowed with word, of patati and with patata, with cruel leader, with toothless grandmother trying be listened.

Duration: 60mn
From 6 years.

Free and free entrance/ information: 22947

Lancement de la nouvelle édition de Tôghàn


The launch of the new edition of Tôghàn, introduced by Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, Nobel Prize in Literature in 2008 took place on Thursday, December 10th in the Alliance Française of Port Vila.


During the "kavactèle" organized for the occasion, Georges Cumbo, the Director General of the Alliance Française underlined the importance of this novel in the cultural history of Vanuatu. Indeed, Tôghàn is the Marcel Melthérorong's first novel but also the first novel written by one Nor Vanuatu. It is thus a book event.


The first edition taken out in 2007 knew a real success in Port Vila but also in the French-speaking Pacific. Besides, during Marcel Melthérorong's participation in the Book fair of Paris, Tôghàn had been noticed by criticisms and had met among six books in competition for the Price of the book RFO on 2007.


Tôghàn was finally noticed by Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio who knows Vanuatu, central subject of its book Raga, the invisible continent. Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio had moreover announced to Marcel Melthérorong of his admiration in a mail. This testimony led to the foreword which appears in the new edition.


During evening was spread an interview of Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio led by a young student of the French High school of Port Vila, Prisca Virelala.


The leader Vincent Boulekone was also present in this evening of launch, who had coutumièrement opened the road to Jean-Marie Le Clézio in its trip in Vanuatu. The leader insisted on the fact that it is essential for the young people of Vanuatu to dash into the literature, and to follow the dugout that Marcel Melthérorong put in the sea by publishing his first book. Marcel Melthérorong pronounced too a speech asserting that he(it) is of the duty of the young people not only to write but to publish, to describe the chances of their generation.


You can get yourselves the new edition of Tôghàn at the price of 1200 vt in the Alliance Française of Port Vila. You can also place order on the site of Bookin

If you want to know more about it on the history of Tôghàn and his author, meetingon our web site at the following address

Http: // / fr / culture

Melthéororong Marcel and georges cumbo

Voyage au coeur du Festival des Arts



Du 1er au 6 novembre 2009 s’est tenue la troisième édition du Festival National des Arts, à Port Vila. Ce festival haut en couleurs a permis de rassembler des milliers de personnes venues de toutes les îles du Vanuatu, mais aussi des quatre coins du Pacifique. Symbole d’un véritable échange culturel, ce festival a été l’occasion de remettre les arts de la culture mélanésienne au goût du jour.  Légendes, danses, contes traditionnels, mais aussi magie, dessins sur sable, art culinaire et musique étaient au rendez-vous.

Le festival a débuté avec une cérémonie d’ouverture où, comme à l’accoutumée, une dizaine de cochons ont été sacrifiés en l’honneur des chefs des différentes provinces s’étant déplacés pour l’évènement. Chacun à leur tour, les chefs se sont exprimés sur l’importance de préserver la coutume, appelée kastom en bichelamar.

Petit détour historique

Pour comprendre l’ampleur et l’importance du Festival des Arts, faisons un petit détour par l’histoire. La société mélanésienne a été, tout au long du XIXème siècle, fortement déstabilisée par le choc des cultures. Le trafic de main d’œuvre, mieux connu sous le nom de blackbirding, et la colonisation de l’archipel ont profondément bouleversé les sociétés traditionnelles. Mais c’est surtout l’évangélisation du Vanuatu, à l’époque encore appelé Nouvelles Hébrides, qui a détruit peu à peu l’ordre traditionnel. En effet, les missionnaires s’étaient fixé comme but de redonner une âme au peuple au sein duquel ils vivaient.
Pour cela, il fallait reconstruire autour d’une identité religieuse. L’ordre traditionnel, à leurs yeux l’ordre païen, devait se substituer à l’ordre chrétien.
Ainsi, les lieux de l’identité et les sites d’habitat mélanésiens, chargés de sens et de symboles, furent tout simplement abandonnés, l’ensemble des coutumes étant combattu par les missions chrétiennes. Nombre de croyances et de rites traditionnels comme les danses et les chants étaient désormais condamnés à disparaître de l’horizon.

Le retour de la Kastom

Missionnaires et colons furent alors convaincus d’avoir fait disparaître l’authenticité et les coutumes de la société mélanésienne. Pourtant, malgré un processus indéniable d’acculturation rapide et tous les bouleversements sociaux, politiques et culturels, les Mélanésiens ne subirent pas pour autant passivement la situation du contact colonial. Les lignes de force de la société traditionnelle, restées sous-jacentes, ne demandaient qu’une chose : réapparaître. La société mélanésienne, que l’on croyait être devenue un « vide culturel », avait en réalité conservé son identité et une indubitable aptitude à se reconstruire. Preuve en est, l’indépendance du Vanuatu en 1980, est accomplie au nom de la coutume et de la terre et va servir de véritable révélateur culturel. La terme de Kastom, revendiqué comme un cri de ralliement, va permettre un retour aux racines.


Tradition et Modernité

Ce détour par l’histoire nous permet de comprendre la portée réelle du Festival des Arts. Plus qu’une simple démonstration du savoir-faire et des arts locaux, ce festival est l’occasion de faire revivre les coutumes des ancêtres. Car si les Ni-Vanuatu ont su faire ressurgir l’ordre traditionnel après des années de colonisation, il est aujourd’hui difficile de lutter contre les effets de la mondialisation accélérée. Les contacts entre cultures, l’exportation du modèle occidental et l’arrivée des nouvelles technologies sont aujourd’hui responsables, partout dans le monde, de l’érosion des cultures singulières. Au Vanuatu, seuls quelques villages continuent de vivre selon l’ordre traditionnel et de perpétuer les coutumes ancestrales. En dehors de ces villages préservés, on vit aujourd’hui à mi-chemin entre culture mélanésienne et culture occidentale.


Le Festival des Arts est donc d’une importance cruciale. Il permet de réveiller les esprits et de perpétuer les croyances et pratiques traditionnelles transmises de générations en générations, croyances et pratiques qui tendent aujourd’hui à s’estomper, bien que toujours très présentes dans les esprits. Ce festival est également l’occasion pour des gens issus d’autres pays de découvrir ou redécouvrir les multiples facettes de la culture vanuataise. Des légendes aux danses, en passant par les contes, la magie, les dessins sur sable, le tissage de nattes et de paniers et la musique, ce festival a rassemblé des centaines d’artistes témoignant de la richesse culturelle du pays.

Le Festival National des Arts est la preuve que les Ni-vanuatu ont cette force inouïe de ne pas oublier leur passé et leurs traditions. La vague de la mondialisation peut bien venir s’échouer sur les côtes mélanésiennes et créer des bouleversements sociaux et culturels sans précédent, le Vanuatu, qu’on appelle « le pays qui se tient debout », est un des rares pays de ce monde à pouvoir se vanter d’avoir réussi à concilier tradition et modernité.


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