9th – 11th AUGUST 2024 |  

New on the cultural events scene in the East Sepik Province is the, Sepik Plain Saksak Festival in Yangit Village.

Now in its second year, the festival’s theme for 2024 is: ‘Promoting Sustainable Tourism and Rural Economic Development’.

Visitors will be treated to over a dozen cultural performances from tribes across the Wosera Gawi District.

 

For more information, transport, accommodation and bookings, contact Mr. Gideon Charles Marlow, call +675 7003-9942 or email: saksakeventsandtours@gmail.com 

19th – 21st SEPTEMBER, 2024 |

The Mona Festival returns to Buka town, in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

Join the people of Bougainville as they unite to proudly honor their ancestors with a show of cultural strength, also symbolizing their region’s imminent Independence.

Key highlights of the festival including beautifully carved and painted traditional canoes being paddled across the Buka passage by upstanding men of the Buka community.

Join in the celebrations at Hutjena Oval, Bel Isi Park – witness the cultural pride of the people of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, ‘Time to Discover’.

 

For tours and information email, Bougainville Experience Tours: bougtours@hotmail.com or call +675 7365 6050 / +675 7819 2597 

For information on cultural groups and stall registration contact the Bougainville Arts Culture Tourism Authority: +675 7299-3401 / +675 7304-1823 / +675 7333-1836 

 

2024 Mona Festival

2024 Bougainville Mona Festival, 19th-21st September 2024

1st to 3rd November, 2024

The Kenu and Kundu Festival returns to Alotau, 1st – 3rd of November, 2024, Milne Bay Province.

Traditional canoes and Kundu drums are significant symbols of communication and trade to the people of Milne Bay.

The Canoe and the Kundu are widely used in traditional ceremonies and rituals.  They are meticulously crafted from special woods under strict customs to derive the best results.

The Kenu and Kundu Festival was first held in Milne Bay in 2003.  The canoes that are used in the festival are crafted in the same way that the canoes were crafted many years ago by the ancestors of the Milne Bay people.

The colours and patterns reflect the tribe and the area the canoe comes from. The canoes and traditional dancing groups come from all over the Milne Bay province, including some parts of the Papuan Region and other areas of the country – creating a rich variety of performances.

Prizes are given to winning groups and the canoes are assembled a day earlier at Wagawaga village, to form a convoy before sailing to Alotau for the official opening ceremony.

Other activities include:

 

For further information, contact the Milne Bay Tourism Bureau, email: mkunuyobu86@gmail.com 

 

9th to 11th April, 2025

The Bundi Komba Festival is an annual cultural event hosted by the Kumura Foundation – a local charity organisation founded by Vincent Kumura, a proud Bundi local from Madang Province.

The annual festival promotes and strengthens the cultural traditions of the Bundi people living in the furthermost interior of Madang.  Some fascinating cultural performances include the Bundi Burning Head Dancers, and other dances from the villages of Emigari, Kaima Miri and more.

Sponsorship funding from the festival is used to support health outreach, medical supplies and build local infrastructure for local villages in the Bundi area.

The Bundi Komba festival promotes local traditional knowledge, especially local cuisine, celebrating highly valued traditional crops like the ‘komba’ or marita fruit, as well as an abundance of unique plant-life from the area.

Attending the festival is challenging yet rewarding, and involves taking a 4WD from either Madang or Simbu, crossing difficult terrain, then trekking through remote jungles.  An above average level of fitness is required for the journey.  Despite the difficulty in getting there, experiencing the festival, however, is a remarkable once-in-a-lifetime achievement.  Guests will always travel in the company of the Kumura Foundation team, especially the founder, Vincent Kumura.

 

For further information contact, email: kumurafoundation@gmail.com 

 

10th – 16th August, 2024

Papua New Guinea is a country of diversity. Over 800 languages, home to the third largest rainforest in the world. It has more than 20,000 plant species, 800 species of coral, 600 species of fish and 750 species of birds.

It is the country of the unexpected.

PNG Trekking Adventures invites you to attend the inaugural Mt Wilhelm Cultural Show.  Experience a showcase of some of the best of Papua New Guinea’s Highlands cultural diversity, the beautiful birds and amazing plant life.

The Mount Wilhelm show is not open to a cast of 1000s as it will be an intimate experience limited to 18 guests only.

From $AUD 3500.00 per person

 

For more information and full itinerary:
Email: info@pngtrekkingadventures.com
WhatsApp: +67576866171

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 13TH 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   

27th National Mask Festival Flyer

2024 National Mask & Warwagira Festival flyer

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

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

19th September 2024 

The East New Britain Shell Money festival will be held in Kokopo, at the Malapau Beach Front.

Tolai shell money in East New Britain Province is known as ‘tabu’.  This traditional currency is still in use today, and is a very important feature of Tolai cultural ceremony, especially funerary rituals.   Tabu defines status and social order, as well as strengthens kinship ties in the Tolai society of East New Britain.

Celebrate Tolai tabu culture in Kokopo this September! This year’s theme is: “Promoting, Safeguarding Tabu, the Source of our Strength“.

Festival highlights include:

– Kinavai performances by Tubuans

– Traditional Tolai performances

– Sharing of shellmoney

– Displaying of cultural items

– Students engagement in Tabu competition

– Threading and coiling of Tabu

– Tabu crushing race

– Canoe racing

For booth registration and the event program, please contact the event organizers: enbsf2020@gmail.com or richardtapil.9@gmail.com; +675 7449-4650 / 7952-9102  

2024 Enb Shell Money Festival Flyer

2024 East New Britain Shell Money Festival in Kokopo 

 

📸: Photos by East New Britain Tourism Authority, Rabaul Historical Tours and Colin Taimbari. 

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