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Remote and beautiful Papua New Guinea is renowned for its instantly recognizable festivals, known as sing-sings, where tribes come together to show off their latest costumes, make-up, masks, piercings - and have a good singalong. Some of the more popular of these mass cultural extravaganzas are at Mt. Hagen, Goroka, and Rabaul (Mask Festival).

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Location
June-July
Countrywide

5th Melanesian Festival

June 28-July 11 2015

The 5th Melanesian Festival invites cultural groups from across the South Pacific to visit Papua New Guinea and participate in this vibrant two-week cultural and art exhibition. Port Moresby is set to host the major events, with Kokopo, Alotau, Wewak and Mt. Hagen also joining in the fun with a series of performances and shows.

 
 
July
Rabaul

Mask Festival

July 14 - 17 2015

This three-day festival held in Rabaul showcases Papua New Guinea’s instantly recognizable mask culture. Groups from across the region display their masks, provide musical performances and host fire dances. Organized by the Cultural Commission, there really is no better place to see such a wealth of masks on live display.

 
 
August
East Sepik

Crocodile Festival

August 5-7 2015

Every year in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea, a three-day event is held to celebrate everything crocodile. The stars of the show - the fresh and saltwater river crocodiles - are an important part of local heritage. This festival highlights their importance within the ecosystem and also promotes conservation.

 
 
August
Wabag

Enga Cultural Show

August 8-10 2015

For three days in August, Wabag Town in the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea stages a sensational meeting for the people of Enga, showcasing all their cultural variants in spectacular fashion. The people of this province are unique in that they can all speak the same language, making them the largest linguistic group in the country.

 
 
August
Mount Hagen

Mount Hagen Show

August 6-18 2016

The Mt. Hagen Show is an opportunity for tribes from all over the country’s Western Highlands and Jiwaka Provinces to converge on the mountain town of Kangeh. The two-day event aims to unite the diverse tribes of the region whilst creating mutual understanding over differences. Expect music and crafts alongside traditional tribal shows.

 
 
September
Goroka

Goroka Festival

September 16-17 2017

The Goroka Festival is an important date for many in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. Stretching back over 50 years, this weekend show is a well-known gathering showcasing as many as 100 different tribes, all of whom sing, dance and parade in front of each other, as well as the many onlooking international guests.

 
 
October
Lae

Morobe Agricultural Show

October 15-16 2016

Hosted by the Morobe Provincial Agricultural Society in the city of Lae, this annual two-day event in Papua New Guinea shows off the surrounding province’s impressive culture diversity. Among the flood tribal dances and songs of this 50 year-old event, visitors will also find agricultural, livestock, educational and cultural exhibitions.

 
 
November
Alotau

Kenu & Kundu Festival

November 6-7 2015

Visitors will find the Kenu and Kundu Festival along the beautiful bay in the equally stunning town of Alotau, Milne Bay Province. As both drums and canoes play a significant role in the lives of locals here, expect to see them in rich supply during this 3-day cultural show. There’s also a host of arts and crafts, music and plays

 
 
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