Leweton Cultural Group tour to Australia in June 2013

Guest blogger:  Further Arts

The Leweton Cultural Group are a talented and passionate group of men, women and children from the remote northern tropical islands of Vanuatu that promote and preserve their valuable cultural heritage through breathtaking performances. 

The Leweton Women’s Water Music Troupe, lead by Edith (right), getting ready to perform at the Nanda Blue Hole in Santo.

The Leweton Women’s Water Music Troupe, lead by Edith (right), getting ready to perform at the Nanda Blue Hole in Santo.

They have previously performed at the World Expo in Zaragova, the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo, the Bellingen Global Carnival in New South Wales, and the Lukaotem Gud Santo Festival in Vanuatu.  This timely visit will also help mark the 150th year Commemoration for Australian South Sea Islanders.

Make sure you see them perform on their Australian tour;
 

 1 June 2013 – Brisbane at the Zillmere Cultural Festival and Brisbane Powerhouse 
 2 June to 9 June 2013 – The Floating Land Festival, Sunshine Coast
12 June to 15 June 2013 – Cairns for the Pacific Islander Community Celebrations and 150th year commemoration for Blackbirding
16 June 2013 – Kuranda Roots Festival. 

One of the male kastom performers, Noel, in the Leweton Cultural Village, Santo, Vanuatu.

One of the male kastom performers, Noel, in the Leweton Cultural Village, Santo, Vanuatu.

This rare and unique opportunity to see the Leweton men and women from Vanuatu perform should not be missed!  For their performances, they dress in traditional costumes made of flowers, leaves, coconuts and pandanus of their home islands, Merelava and Gaua, presenting truly mesmerising moments as they re-imagine tradition with contemporary expressions of Matto – bringing together traditional beats and rhythms with ukulele-led melodies and soaring vocal harmonies, traditional kastom dances and the mystical water music.
They will also facilitate traditional weaving, cooking, percussion, and storytelling workshops at Floating Land Festival on the Sunshine Coast and in Cairns.

Visit the Leweton Water-Music page on facebook.

For more information please contact info@furtherarts.org

The Leweton Cultural Group would like to acknowledge additional project support from Further Arts, Centre for Tourism Leisure and Work, Koko Entertainment, The Planet Spins, BEMAC and Canal Studio.