Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Goroka Cultural Show is one of the Papua New Guinea's oldest and important cultural festivals - September annually

ONE of Papua New Guinea’s most important and oldest events is the Eastern Highlands Cultural Show, or widely known as the “Goroka Cultural Show”. People come from all over the world to enjoy the entertainment.

The Goroka Cultural Show is a locally popular tribal event where people gather together to celebrate their culture in stunning displays of dance, music, and tribal rituals. There are about 100 tribes who show up to participate in the event, which is held annually during the weekend closest to the 16th of September (Independence Day).

The festival began in the 1950’s, when it was first introduced by missionaries. The initial purpose was for tribes across the land to come together and learn from each other, to enrich their own customs, and to open minds to the differing rituals of each tribe. These interesting customs are now available for travelers around the world to appreciate and enjoy.


The Goroka Cultural Show usually takes place in September every year.


The 2016 Goroka Cultural Show celebrates its 60th Anniversary and is set to be an even more spectacular cultural event complete with fireworks and fun activities for the whole family. The show begins on Independence Day September 16th and ends September 18th.

The Goroka Cultural Show aims to once more provide the best in cultural entertainment to the people of the Eastern Highlands Province and make visitors feel welcome from Papua New Guinea and around the world.

Held every year during the weekend closest to Independence Day, the Goroka Cultural Show is Papua New Guinea's most well-known tribal gathering and cultural event.

More than 100 tribes participate in the event performing extraordinary displays of 'singsings' - traditional songs, dances and ritual performances.

The staging of the Goroka Cultural Show began in 1957 and was first introduced and organized by Australian patrol officers known locally as 'kiaps'. Kiaps from each district built round houses typical of their districts where they displayed the various and unique cultures of the people living there. The kiaps brought in 'singsing' groups from surrounding areas. It created an entertaining weekend for everyone in the Province helping people forget their tribal differences.

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he 2017 Goroka Cultural Show is set for September 16th to 18th.



The ‘Goroka Cultural Show’ is a significant cultural event in the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea (PNG).


The 2016 Goroka Show celebrates its 60th Anniversary and is set to be an even more spectacular cultural event complete with fireworks and fun activities for the whole family. The show begins on Independence Day September 16th and ends September 18th.

The Goroka Show aims to once more provide the best in cultural entertainment to the people of the Eastern Highlands Province and make visitors feel welcome from Papua New Guinea and around the world.

Held every year during the weekend closest to Independence Day, the Goroka Show is Papua New Guinea's most well-known tribal gathering and cultural event.

More than 100 tribes participate in the event performing extraordinary displays of 'singsings' - traditional songs, dances and ritual performances.

The staging of the Goroka Show began in 1957 and was first introduced and organized by Australian patrol officers known locally as 'kiaps'. Kiaps from each district built round houses typical of their districts where they displayed the various and unique cultures of the people living there. The kiaps brought in 'singsing' groups from surrounding areas. It created an entertaining weekend for everyone in the Province helping people forget their tribal differences.

The 2017 Goroka Cultural Show is set for September 16th to 18th. See you in Goroka!

For further information regarding the Goroka Cultural Show Committee

Attention: Ms. Keryn Hargreaves - Chair-lady 
Email: gorokashow2014@gmail.com 
Phone: +675 532-2644.
Visit their website at: www.gorokaevents.com

For accommodation near the festival click Accommodation in Eastern Highlands

VIDEO: 
Troy Pfeifer produced the following video about his trip to Goroka and the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Its recommended for those who wish to travel to Goroka for the first time.
 Here is what Troy has to say about his trip "Our amazing 20 year wedding anniversary trip to Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Highland Tribal Festival has been on our travel bucket list for quite some time. 

Almost two years in the planning, and plenty of money later (holy cow this was an expensive trip), we can check this one off our list. As you know we have been to a country or two, but we are definitely not immune to new cultures, people and basically how things are in other countries."


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