Friday, 9 September 2016

More than 100 singsing groups confirmed for the 2016 Goroka Cultural Show - "Pikinini Festival" to open the show

SINGSING groups registered for the annual 60th Goroka Cultural Show is now closed with 100. The show is scheduled for September 16-18 at Goroka in Eastern Highlands Province.

Organiser and Chairlady of Goroka Cultural Festival Keryn Hargreaves said the weekend will see 100 singsing groups displaying PNG's vibrant culture, dancing to the beats of kundu drums and tribal chants.

Hargreaves said: “We have singsing groups coming as far as Southern Highlands, Simbai, Madang, WHP, Simbu, Morobe and Southern.

“We have exciting activities like greasy pole for men and woman, greasy pig for adults and children, body building display, pony rides, traditional target shooting, wood chopping competition and a pillow fight.”

The show will kick off with the Pikinini Festival on Friday with the partners UNICEF and live performance for the children.

Activities also include police band, horse parade, Jokema shows and school parade with schools from EHP.

Other activities include floriculture and bilum display, local talents at the BSP Ampitheter and live performance by Jokema, fireworks display at the Peace Park and a Black and Red show ball.

Hargreaves also confirmed that a film crew from Hollywood will be filming the Goroka Cultural Show as well as a Chinese-based tour company coming to promote the Goroka Cultural Show.

She added that the show is already getting request for 2018 APEC Leaders’ Summit.

Dancer from Goroka

Dancer from Chimbu

Dancers from Jiwaka
Both young and old dancers from Simbu

Jiwaka dancer

Video: Goroka is the capital of the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. It is a town of approximately 19,000 people (2000), 1600m above sea level. It has an airport (in the centre of town) and is on the "Highlands Highway", about 285 km from Lae in Morobe province and 90 km from the nearby town of Kainantu also in the Eastern Highlands. Other nearby towns include Kundiawa in Simbu Province and Mount Hagen in Western Highlands Province. It has a mild climate, known as a "perpetual Spring".

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