Cultural groups gear for opening ceremony

15 cultural groups from various provinces throughout the country are in Port Moresby gearing up to perform at the opening ceremony of the 15th Pacific Games.

Cultural groups who came from Bougainville, Morobe, East Sepik, Jiwaka, Mendi, Daru, Gulf and East New Britain are residing at the PNG Education Institute.

Morobe has brought in the highest number of cultural groups with 93 performers.

Out of the 93 performers, 30 dancers come from Malai in the Tewai Siasi District, 30 from Yalu and a 33 member conch shell band from Buingim in Nawai District. 

Morobe provincial minister for sports and culture Amos Wallace said they’re proud to be part of the opening ceremony.

He said they’re excited to showcase their tradition as part of the cultural exhibition for the benefit of the visitors from the 23 countries.

East Sepik has brought in 24 people of two separate cultural groups from Chambri and Korogu in the Wosera Gawi District who will be performing traditional dances.

A 21 member group from Wisai in South Buin, Bougainville will perform with bamboo flutes.

Close to 300 cultural performers from all across PNG are part of the Games opening ceremony on July 4.

Quintina Naime