Want to see, hear and taste a Pacific Mini Games?
Then come to the free Games Test Event this Saturday at Korman.
After years of planning and preparation, Van2017 wants see how the sport, culture, food and live entertainment all come together.
The Games is heralded as the nation’s greatest ever event with more than 2000 athletes and 23 nations joining for 11 days of sport.
Before the Pacific guests arrive, Van2017 would like to give the people of Vanuatu a chance to see the world-class facilities in action and get a teaser for what’s to come.
The free test events starts at 9am in the Festival Village area; there is the launch of 16 Days of Activism - supporting the national programme in the stand against violence to women, empowering women and advocating gender balance. Director of Women’s Affairs, Dorosday Kenneth will give a welcome speech, Conflictions will debut “Keep Moving On” featuring Jaimeen Kenni, followed by a performance from New Generation.
There will also be a call to action for a public pledge: STANAP STRONG AKENSEM VAELENS. Many prominent and public figures and agency representatives will take the pledge including 1st President of Vanuatu Ati George Sokomanu, songstress Vanessa Quai and Games mascot Emily Pawa (Em Pawa).
The gates to Korman Stadium will open to the general public from 11am, with sports events starting at 12pm. On the schedule is Tennis, Netball, Table Tennis, Beach Volley Ball, Archery, Boxing and Karate.
The launch and reveal of the limited edition postage stamps will be at 3pm in Korman 1. Do not miss this chance to secure a first day cover or a commemorative sleeve as these may sell-out.
Then there’s a chance of pace and Korman becomes a music festival. Well known soloist Zaddock will open the session at 6pm. Then the debut of the Ifira Choir, followed by reggae with a conscience Groove Gang and closing act will be the rising talent of Tujah.
During the day other activities include a mini kids fun zone, random giveaways & prizes, food stalls and chance to meet Games’ mascots Nasi and Em Pawa. Maybe even a quick photo with a Games athlete.
The main event (the Games) starts on the 4th December, but this Saturday, the 25th November, everyone can sample the sport, food and entertainment-styles which will be on offer.
Tickets to the Games and Opening Ceremonies, and other days will also be available for sale. Please note it is cash vatu only. You don’t want to miss out on the biggest Sporting event Vanuatu has ever experienced.
The Test Event is free. Entry points via the Festival Village Gate @ Korman round-a-bout. Security restrictions will apply. Parking is very limited in allocated public parking lots only.
For more information on Van2017 Pacific Mini Games, visit our Facebook page: Vanuatu2017 and Vanuatu 2017Nasiviru