Van2017 is proud to introduce to you a new member of its staff:
“We are delighted to have appointed highly experienced producer and festival director Sasha Zahra to head up the team and bring her expertise
to the ceremonies”, said Van2017 CEO Clint Flood.
Highly experienced Australian Fe s t i v a l Producer, Sasha Zahra, with her long term connections to Vanuatu through Wan Smolbag Theatre (WSB), has been appointed as Executive Producer of the Opening and closing Ceremonies for the Pacific Mini Games.
Sasha Zahra who was previously the Creative Producer of Australia’s
largest arts festival, Adelaide Fringe (2009 – 2015), first came to Vanuatu for 7 months in 2004 to work with Wan Smolbag Theatre. She has since maintained a projectbased relationship with the company, returning
most years to work on special projects and events with the company.
Sasha produced and programmed the highly successful 2009 and 2014
Wan Smolbag Theatre Festivals in Vanuatu, in celebration of the
company’s 20th and 25th Anniversary, respectively. Sasha will head up the
ceremonies production team, which will include Vanuatu locals Brigitte
Laboukly, Yvonne Taiki, Alpha Solong, Rik Hinton, Marc Morel, Marc Gerard,
and an artistic directorate consisting of key Wan Smolbag Theatre staff.
The Van2017 Pacific Mini Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies are
designed to capture and portray the essence and excitement of the Games
as well as the cultural vitality of Vanuatu. The ceremonies will be staged
live as well as broadcasted locally and internationally on TV, showcasing Port Vila and Vanuatu to the world, while welcoming and celebrating athletes from across the Pacific region.
“The Ceremonies are an opportunity to showcase and celebrate leading and up and coming local artists working in both traditional and contemporary genres. I am delighted to be given this opportunity to work
alongside Wan Smolbag Theatre and the Van2017 team to put on this exciting event and showcase local talent on an international stage”, stated Van2017 Ceremonies Executive Producer Sasha Zahra