TPS Involvement:

TEKS Vanuatu is linked with Dynamics Of Civil Engagement and other TPS projects, funding was found to continue efforts by the TEKS unit in Vanuatu while working closely with other TPS partners.

Contributors: Delly Roy, Sarah Doyle, Kelly Dick, David Nalo.

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Synopsis/Description:

TEKS Program is a collaborative undertaking between Canal Studio and Further Arts.  It aims to support TEKS Unit to undertake its activities in traditional knowledge and wisdom transfer, and cultural development, and to support Mini-Arts Festivals (MAFs) in Gaua, Port Olry, Fanafo, Hokua, and Ambrym.  It also aims to promote and preserve these cultural practices and engage young people in their diverse cultural heritage.

One of the main activities of TEKS is the Engaging Youth in Cultural Rights and Conservation program addresses the specific theme of Social Inclusion through the framework of equity for rural and remote indigenous young people in terms of their cultural rights. This program is designed to support a range of activities that Further Arts works on in collaboration with Canal Studio.

More Info/Links:
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This project is generously supported by The Christensen Fund and the Ethos Global Foundation

Further:

The Traditional Entertainment and Kastom Support (TEKS) Unit in Santo, Vanuatu, aims to build a strong foundation to undertake its key activities in the field of traditional knowledge and wisdom transfer, and cultural development.  TEKS Unit is a grassroots indigenous-led movement of Further Arts working alongside the Lukaotem Gud Santo Festival (LGSF) in Luganville, Santo, the second largest music and cultural festival in Vanuatu, as a creative hub for cultural promotion and development.  TEKS was set up after the 2011 edition of LGSF due to the clear need to provide more support to kastom performance groups.  It has received seed funding and administrative support from Further Arts since early 2012.  TEKS Unit uses alternative locally-based approaches to cultural resource management through the promotion and preservation of important traditional wisdom practices including dances, music, songs, and stories, and connecting these with contemporary music and dance; and traditional artistic creations such as carving, weaving, painting, drawing and fabric art.