East New Britain Shell Money Festival

Islands Region
Malapau Beach Front, Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea
Contact Info
Mr. Richard Tapil, email: richardtapil.9@gmail.com or call +675 7449-4650

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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