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So if you are thinking about a trip to Papua New Guinea then why not make it coincide with a Festival?

When are they on?

Garamut-Mambu Festival 04-05th September 2015P1000107

This festival is held in the Mamasa Region including Madang and East Sepik and is a celebration of the bamboo or Mambu, marked by the playing of unique bamboo instruments. Prepare to experience the fascinating cultural displays of the various tribes of the Momase region displaying their unique traditional songs, rituals, dance performances, arts and crafts

Goroka Show 11-13th September 2015

This is described as the most colourful show on earth in PNG’s eastern highlands. The staging of the Goroka Show began in 1957 at the Independence Park, opposite the Goroka main market.
The show was first introduced and organized by Australian patrol officers or ‘kiaps’.  Kiaps from each district built round houses typical of their districts where they displayed the various and unique cultures of the people living there.  The kiaps brought in ‘singsing’ groups from surrounding areas.  It created an entertaining weekend for
everyone in the Province helping people forget their tribal differences.  The show then was also a competition to see who was the best organized and administered district.

Hiri Moale Festival 15-16th September 2015

The Festival celebrates the epic voyages of the seafaring Motuans who journeyed to the Gulf Province on the famous iconic sea vessel – the ‘lagatoi’.

The lagatoi was a large sailing canoe with many hulls to store mainly clay pots which the Motuans made and traded with the people of the Gulf in exchange for sago.  There were a variety of other traditional goods that were also exchanged during the famous Hiri trade.

The Hiri trade route took many months to complete and was a very difficult journey for the Motuans and at times fraught with danger from storms and rough winds, especially for the return home as the cargo was much heavier.

P1000098Motuan culture – from songs, dances and rituals reflect largely on the Hiri trade and cover celebration, lamentation and tributes to gods and ancestors.

The Festival is not just a celebration and showcase of Motuan culture but involves other tribes whom the Motuans traded with throughout their history, which include the people of the Gulf, Mekeo, Hula and Koiari.

The Hiri trading voyages forged friendship and lineal ties going back thousands of years.  Much of this is evident today with the Hiri Motu language, a vernacular understood by the Motuans and their south westerly trading partners.

 

Malagan Show 16th September 2016 – National Independence Day

Malagan is a term that originates from the Nalik language of northern New Ireland.  The term refers to the elaborate and complex cultural ceremony that captures the rites of death, dispute and conflict resolution and many othIMG_0497er customary rituals governing New Ireland traditional life.

Intrinsic to Malagan ceremonies are the stunning wooden masks and carvings created specifically for this event which have become recognized throughout Papua New Guinea and the rest of the world.

 

 

 

Morobe Show 24-25th October 2015

Annual Event hosted by the Morobe Provincial Agriculture Society as well as all the agriculture displays this is the largest gathering and cross section of dancing and singing groups in Papua New Guinea between 2000- 3000 participants

 

Kenu & Kundu Festival 06-08th November 2015

Canoes and kundu drums are a significant part of the lives of the people of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea.

The canoe and the kundu are widely used in traditional ceremonies and rituals in Milne Bay.  The ‘war canoes’ areP1000102especially crafted from special woods under strict customs to derive the best results and ensure their use is a successful or victorious one.

The Kenu and Kundu Festival was first held in Milne Bay in 2003.

The canoes used in the festival are crafted the same way as the ancestors of the Milne Bay people built their own canoes many years ago.