Born 1975, Noumea, New Caledonia
Lives and works in Port Vila, Vanuatu
Marcel Meltherorong is an author, poet, storyteller, playwright, producer, musician, songwriter and artist born in Noumea, but hailing from the small island of Vao off the north-east coast of Malekula, Vanuatu. Known in Melanesia as Mars Melto, he has been at the forefront of Vanuatu's creative industries for over a decade. Melto is considered Vanuatu's first novelist, and as a musician has participated in major festivals throughout the region. Melto was executive producer on the 2014 documentary Vanuatu Womens Water Music and composed the music for the 2012 documentary Lon Marum. He acted in the French miniseries Foudre in 2009. Melto has worked extensively with QAGOMA, including participating in APT6 in 2009; collaborating with singer-songwriter Georgia Corowa for a performance celebrating 100 years of Australian South Sea Islander contributions to Queensland in 2013.
Marcel Meltherorong has also worked with the QAGOMA Children's Art Centre to develop a project for APT8 Kids.
'Yumi Danis (We Dance)' participants, ni Vanuatu dance, Emyo Tinyo Dance and Music Festival 2014, Ambrym, Vanuatu