Residents turn up in numbers to experience New Ireland culture

Though it was organised in a short period of time with little funding, the New Ireland Provincial Day was hailed a success.

City residents turned up in numbers today at the Constitutional Park in Port Moresby to experience the New Ireland culture, especially in the form of traditional dances and food.

By 12pm, more than 300 New Irelanders, along with their friends and families, passed through the Park’s gates.

A resident, who hails from Milne Bay Province, told Loop PNG: “I would definitely come back next year. It was enjoyable.”

Singsing groups director Sonia Sebulon said despite having only six groups on the day, the event was a success.

“Because of the short notice, most groups didn't have time to organise themselves and start practising.”

Sebulon attributed the late timing to the boycotting and eventual termination of the University of Papua New Guinea’s academic year.

She told Loop PNG that the UPNG New Ireland Students Association (NISA) initially started the program with zero funds.

“I would like to acknowledge the NISA president, Martin Bomuna, with the small group of students who stayed behind to organise this day. And also the few professionals who helped to make this event a success.”

The New Ireland Day is annually held on July 23, coinciding with Remembrance Day. In Port Moresby, the event is owned by UPNG-NISA.

Carmella Gware