Vanuatu will be holding it's 4th National Arts Festival on Lakatoro, Malekula this year.
The National Cultural Centre's Director, Richard Shing, says that the previous arts festival was held in 2009, because of a lack of funding assistance from the government, even though initially, it was decided that the festival would be held every 4 or 5 years.
He continued that the Minister of Justice and Community Services has appointed an Organising or co-ordinating committee and sub-committees on Malekula that are working towards the event.
Progress is going well and the centre has sent out application forms for cultural groups to apply to be part of government assisted participating groups.
Stating that they expected at least 100 people from each of the provinces and an unlimited number from Malekula and Malampa province.
An estimated 600-800 people will be at Lakatoro in August this year to be part of the festival.
Visitors will also be expected from within the country and overseas.