‘Small Island Big Song’ returns to Vashon Island

The concert features musicians playing everything, from oceanic grooves to soulful island ballads.

In 2022, “Small Island Big Song” made its Vashon debut — musicians from island nations from the Pacific and Indian Oceans converged on our island to share their unique voices in exceptional world music, carrying a message of community and conservation.

Now, Vashon Center for the Arts is set to welcome these artists back at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 — an event that organizers said they hope will bolster the cultural kinship formed two years ago between “sister islands.”

“Small Island Big Song” is a contemporary musical event from a region that shares an ancient seafaring heritage and the impact of our changing sea. Motivated by their concerns for the ocean, Taiwanese theater producer BaoBao Chen and Australian music producer/filmmaker Tim Cole spent eight years visiting artists on 16 island nations of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The outcome, thus far, has been two award-winning albums, a feature film that traveled to festivals all over the globe, and a world-touring concert, filled with unforgettable song and dance.

Drawing on a roster of respected islander artists, the concert features musicians engaging audiences with everything from irresistible oceanic grooves to soulful island ballads. The show combines music, spoken word, and live cinema projections featuring footage collected during a three-year film trip across 16 countries, guided by the artists on their island homelands.

Tickets to this family-friendly show are free for anyone age 18 and younger. To find out more and purchase tickets, visit vashoncenterforthearts.org. Learn more about the project at smallislandbigsong.com.