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Vanuatu Tattoo performers fly to Australia for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Vanuatu Tattoo performers fly to Australia for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Vanuatu Tattoo performers fly to Australia for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
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The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has flown a prominent cultural performance group from Vanuatu to Australia to perform at the largest ever Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
On October 12, the RAAF flew 26 members of the Teouma Vao Cultural Village Group and their support staff to Sydney to take part in the largest ever Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney. For many in the group, it was the first time they had been on an aeroplane.

The Tattoo will take place over four performances at ANZ Stadium from 17-19 October. 13 nations – seven from the South-West Pacific (see below) – together with Australia, France, Indonesia, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom will perform at the Tattoo. Vanuatu is one of the Pacific nations involved in the Tattoo. The others are PapuaNew Guinea (85 performers), Samoa (26), the Cook Islands (25), Fiji (50), Tonga (50) and the Solomon Islands (21).

Local sport fans will know the venue (ANZ Stadium) for Australian rugby league grand finals and State of Origin matches.

Set against an amazing backdrop of a full-size replica of Edinburgh Castle, the Australian show will bring together more than 1,520 military musicians and cultural groups in a thrilling mix of traditional Scottish music – including pipers, fiddlers and highland dancers – while also focusing on the Pacific nations and Australia.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo was created in Scotland in 1950 to showcase military and civilian acts from around the world. The Teouma Vao Cultural Village Group originated on the small island of Vao which lies offshore from the larger island of Malekula.
Today the group mostly performs for tourists at a purpose-built cultural village just outside Port Vila.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ralph Regenvanu, farewelled the group in the VIP Lounge at Vanuatu’s Bauerfield International Airport.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is providing ceremonial and logistical support to the Pacific nations, with three RAAF C130-J and two C17A aircraft flying performers to and from Australia with their precious cargo of performers, cultural items, instruments, regalia and ceremonial uniforms, as part of Operation Tartan Oceania 19.

These aircraft are usually used to transport cargo and troops for military exercises and operational support, for medical evacuations and for humanitarian airdrops of supplies.

Today the group mostly performs for tourists at a purpose-built cultural village just outside Port Vila.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ralph Regenvanu, farewelled the group in the VIP Lounge at Vanuatu’s Bauerfield International Airport.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is providing ceremonial and logistical support to the Pacific nations, with three RAAF C130-J and two C17A aircraft flying performers to and from Australia with their precious cargo of performers, cultural items, instruments, regalia and ceremonial uniforms, as part of Operation Tartan Oceania 19.

These aircraft are usually used to transport cargo and troops for military exercises and operational support, for medical evacuations and for humanitarian airdrops of supplies.

The live audience is estimated to be 180,000 (over four shows). The worldwide television audience is estimated to be 100 million. ABC Australia will film the Tattoo and broadcast it in Vanuatu in early December.
(Caption: Vanuatu Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ralph Regenvanu (centre) with The Teouma Vao Cultural Village Group and their leader Sylvestre Miltake (centre right) before their departure to Sydney for the 2019 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.)

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