Thursday, 8 September 2016

2016 Goroka Cultural Show celebrates 60th anniversary - single largest tribal gathering in the world since 1957

THE 2016 Goroka Cultural Show celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year 2016 and is set for September 16th to 18th. The annual Goroka Cultural Show in Papua New Guinea is one of "the largest tribal gatherings in the world" bringing together more than a 100 tribes to participate in the vibrant event; performing extraordinary displays of 'singsings' - traditional songs, dances and ritual performances. 

The Goroka Cultural Show began in 1957 and was first introduced and organised by Australian patrol officers known as 'kiaps'. Kiaps from each district would build round houses typical of their districts, with cultural displays and 'singsing' groups. 

From humble beginnings the Goroka Cultural Show has become an important community event fostering positive community relations within the many different tribes of the province and is a fantastic opportunity to gain an overview of Papua New Guinea's cultural diversity.

The Goroka Cultural Show Committee:
Contact Ms. Keryn Hargreaves, Chairlady,  via email at: gorokashow2014@gmail.com or phone: +675 532-2644 and visit their website at: www.gorokaevents.com

Below are some randomly selected photos about the festival last year 2015.

Happy viewing:
A tourist wanted to part-take in the festival at the show.
Nebilyer men at the show
Jiwaka girls at the show
Welda girls at the show
Tambul men at the show
Welda girls from Mt. Hagen at the show
Humans got wings like birds..hahah..a drama at the show 
Amb Welda at the show 
Welda group at the show
Welda girls with their beat at the show
Madmen in colours at the show
Simbu girls at the show
VIDEO: Often touted as 'the most colourful show on earth', the Goroka Show is Papua New Guinea's biggest cultural event ever. Take a virtual tour of Goroka and the Goroka Cultural Show here.


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