PAPUA New Guinea is ready to host the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture in Port Moresby.
This was the assurance from the PNG Minister for Culture, Arts and Tourism, Boka Kondra and National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop on June 5 during the gala dinner at the Dynasty Restaurant in Port Moresby.
The dinner was to celebrate the commissioning of the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture.
Photo: Au Kaea from Gogodala, Western province, painting a part of a traditional decorated pole for a Gogodola House at the main venue of the Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture. The picture was taken last month.
The five Melanesian states that usually participate in the event, which is staged every four years, are PNG, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Calédonia.
However, invitations have been sent to Melanesian communities living in Torres Strait Islands (Australia), West Papua/Papua (Indonesia) and Timor-Leste.
The theme for the event is “Celebrating Cultural Diversity” and will be held on July 28-July 11.
- Part of article from the NCD Commission’s paper “City Sivarai”, June 11, 2014