Picture: East Sepik students attending the University of Papua New Guinea performing a traditional dance during their provincial day in 2010. They are joined by their small enthusiastic relatives. Performances like this would be expected in the Melanesian Festival of Arts in 2014.
From Post Courier, March 22 …
THE government has approved K53 million funding for the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts which is set for July 2014 in PNG.
The minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Boka Kondra, has announced this on Wednesday (March 20) during a press conference in Port Moresby.
He said the funds will be made available from next year’s (2014) National Budget and will be used for the preparations of the event.
“It is my pleasure to announce that the NEC has approved the proposal to host the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts here in PNG in 2014.
“I am hoping that within that short timeframe, we’ll be well prepared to host the event, with assistance from our stakeholders,” he said.
He thanked the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and the NEC to consider and approve the proposal.