22nd to 24th March, 2024

The 2024 Hiri Moale Festival takes place, March 22nd – 24th in the nation’s capital, Port Moresby.

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

The lakatoi 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.

Motuan 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.

The Hiri Hanenamo contest is a popular attraction at the Festival, where young Motuan women vie to be crowned ‘Hiri Queen’ based on their knowledge and display of traditional Motuan culture.

 

2024 Program (click image) 

2024 Hiri Moale Festival Event Program Papua New Guinea

50th Hiri Moale Festival, March 22nd to 24th, Port Moresby.

 

10TH TO 14TH JULY, 2024

The National Mask & Warwagira Festival promotes the unique mask cultures of East New Britain Province.

The Festival is an extravaganza of cultural dancing, ritual performance, story-telling and exchange – with a variety of arts and crafts on display.

The 2024 National Mask & Warwagira Festival is a cultural tribute to the people of East New Britain – the Tolai, Baining and Pomio.

The first day of the festival will include the ‘Kinavai’ – the arrival of the Tolai ‘Tubuans’ and ‘Duk-Duks’ at dawn.  Witness the traditional Tolai shell money exchanges that mark the opening of the festival.

At night visit the Baining people who live in the mountains and watch in amazement as men perform harrowing dances through blazing fires.

 

For further information contact the National Mask & Warwagira Festival Committee:  

Email maskfestival2019@gmail.com or Phone +675 7307-5124 

25TH APRIL 2024

The ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Bomana War Cemetery is Papua New Guinea’s biggest dedication service to honor the ANZACs and the local militia and civilians serving Allied Forces during the world wars.

The Bomana War Cemetery is located on the outskirts of Port Moresby – less than a half-hour drive from the capital’s main central business district.

The service begins at about 4:30 am.  There will be ample security provided by the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary and the PNG Defence Force.  Transport can be arranged through Kokoda Track and Port Moresby tour operators.

The Gunfire Breakfast is usually organised by the Australian High Commission of Port Moresby.  The gunfire breakfast tickets must be obtained/purchased before the event and is arranged by the Australian Returned Services League Port Moresby Branch.

Papua New Guinea’s relationship with Australia and New Zealand extends to the colonial era, World War I and World War II.  The most memorable being World War II, when numerous battles raged across PNG – from Kokoda Track to Rabaul.  Many Papua New Guinean’s served as service men and women, as well as labourers assisting the allied forces, especially the legendary ANZACs – the Australian and New Zealand defense forces.

Although ANZAC Day is no longer a public holiday in PNG, special memorial services are still held every year on April 25th to commemorate the contribution of the ANZACs to our nations history.

 

For updates and further information Like and Follow the Australian Returned Services League Port Morebsy Branch on Facebook

23RD JULY 2024

Remembrance Day in Papua New Guinea is observed every July 23rd to commemorate the services of the members of the nation’s armed forces who participated during World War One, World War Two, and in general peace keeping and law and order engagements within the country and abroad.

In the nation’s capital of Port Moresby, Remembrance Day will be officially observed at the Ela Beach Remembrance Memorial Park.

War veterans, the PNG Defense Force, Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary and the PNG Correctional Services will be participating in the Remembrance Day parade march along Healy Parade.

State officials like the Prime Minister and the Governor-General are usually present at the event to make an official address.  This is then followed by a dedication service.

This 2024 will mark the 43rd Anniversary of PNG’s National Remembrance Day of observance.

 

Tentative Remembrance Day Programme – Remembrance Park, Ela Beach, Port Moresby 

 07:00 am | Arrival of Master of Ceremony 

08:00 am | Arrival of VIP’s and invited Guests 

08:30 am | March on by Disciplinary Forces 

08.35 am | Arrival of Parade Host 

08:40 am | Arrival of Principal Guest 

08:45 am | Arrival of the Governor General of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea 

08:50 am | Catafalque Party moves into position in front of the Monument 

09:00 am | Welcome remarks by the Master of Ceremony 

09.05 am | Prayer of Invocation 

09:10 am | Bible Readings 

09:20 am | The Lord’s Prayer 

09:30 am | Keynote Address to the Nation by the Governor General of Papua New Guinea 

09:40 am | Police Band with Choir group 

09:45 am | Laying of Wreaths 

09:50 am | ODE (All to stand), an Ex-Serviceman recites the ‘Ode’ 

09:55 am | Last Post and One Minute Silence 

10:00 am | Rouse 

10:05 am | National Anthem 

10:10 am | The Benediction 

10:15 am | Catafalque Party Dismounts (All  to stand).  The Catafalque Party march-off) 

10:20 am | Departure of Guests of Honor 

10:25 am | Departure of Principal Guest 

10:30 am | Departure of Parade Host  

10:35 am | Announcement by Master of Ceremony 

10:40 am | Guard March-off 

**Program ends 

23RD JULY 2024 

Join the Rabaul Historical Society in East New Britain Province, as they pause with the rest of the nation to remember our unnamed local heroes who were involved in the World War efforts that swept across the territory in the 1910’s and 1940’s.

Rabaul Town, is steeped in military history and the legacy of this difficult time in our nation’s narrative survives in memorials, museums and the generation that came after.

Discover and appreciate the memory of those who served, sacrificed and survived this Remembrance Day in Papua New Guinea – #LestWeForget.

9TH MARCH 2024 

The POM City Markets is one of Port Moresby’s popular craft markets, featuring a wonderful mix of traditional and contemporary art and crafts from Papua New Guinea.  From fashion to home décor, food and souvenirs – there is something for everyone here.

Held every month on the grounds of the National Museum and Art Gallery, the POM City Markets offers a safe and friendly environment with ample carpark.

Entry fee is 2 Kina per person.

Contact:

Pascoe Promotions: phone +675 7906-5091 email mariem@pascoegroup.com facebook https://www.facebook.com/pomcitymarkets

28TH FEBRUARY 2024 

Night Markets is an upcoming craft market taking place at the Harbourside Precinct, Down Town, Port Moresby.

Market goers will find an array of amazing Papua New Guinean arts, crafts and fashion items on sale.

Enjoy the live-band entertainment, or dine at one of the nearby restaurants.  The beautiful views of Fairfax Harbour are always a treat for the Harbourside promenader.

Contact:

Pascoe Promotions: phone +675 7906-5091 email mariem@pascoegroup.com facebook https://www.facebook.com/pomcitymarkets

3RD MARCH 2024 

Explore the Most Unique Craft Market in Port Moresby!

Step into history at the Moresby Arts Theatre’s Craft Market, proudly running for 9 years while remaining the most budget-friendly choice for Papua New Guinean artisans. Uncover treasures and unique finds, all made possible through Moresby Arts Theatre’s commitment to supporting local talent.

🎶 Musical & Cultural Performances: A Symphony of Culture!

Immerse yourself in the rich history of MAT with live musical performances. Experience the fusion of melodies, adding a rhythmic charm to your souvenir shopping experience.

🛍️ Why Choose MAT’s Craft Market?

Save the date and bring the whole family! 📆✨ See you at the heart of culture, creativity, and community.

Like and follow the Moresby Arts Theatre Facebook page for updates. 

26TH FEBRUARY 2024 

During the final week of February, the nation of Papua New Guinea sets aside a special day to commemorate the enduring memory of its first prime minister and ‘father of the nation’, the late Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare (1936 – 2021).

The late grand Chief Sir Michael Somare was one of Papua New Guinea’s longest serving prime ministers, serving for 17-years over three separate terms, until his retirement in 2017.

Papua New Guinea continues to mourn the late Grand Chief’s passing three-years ago, his life’s work in the service of his country has left an indelible mark on many Papua New Guineans.

The late Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare’s place of interment has become a pilgrimage site for many Papua New Guineans visiting Wewak. The site is now a landmark in the East Sepik Province, known as the Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare Tomb.

The National Museum and Art Gallery’s Independens Haus in Down Town, Port Moresby, also provides an in-depth look at the political history, particularly its nationalist movement, in which the late Grand Chief was at the forefront – along with other notable greats of Papua New Guinea’s pre-Independence movement.

 

For visits to the Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare Tomb contact, WhatsApp 8160-4874 or call +675 7889-8166.  Follow the Sir Michael Somare Legacy Page on Facebook.  

To visit the Independens Haus, contact the National Museum and Art Gallery, call +675 325-4205.  Visit the Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery website.  

October 15th to November 5th, 2023 

Papua New Guinea’s capital city, Port Moresby, is all set to host the inaugural, Australian National Rugby League Pacific Championships.

As part of the Pacific Bowl segment of the Championships, Papua New Guinea’s national teams – the Kumuls and the Orchids, face-off against some of the best rugby league teams in the Pacific right here in Port Moresby, including Fiji, Samoa and the Cook Islands.

Port Moresby, 2023 Pacific Championships Schedule | Venue – National Football Stadium: 

Be a part of the rugby league excitement at the Pacific Championships in the nation’s capital – Amazing Port Moresby!

For game tickets, visit the PNG Tiket Mastas website

Rodrick Tai, Papua New Guinea rugby league player with the national Kumul's team, 2023 Pacific Championships in Port Moresby

Image: Rodrick Tai, Papua New Guinea Kumuls player | 2023 Pacific Championships in Port Moresby.  

Justin Olam, Papua New Guinea Tourism Brand Ambassador

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