Culture

Artists speak at Policy launch

These cultural advocates have shown the world and their home country that culture is indeed the natty part of what makes Papua New Guinea great.

In representing the cultural community, inspiring artists of their own genre spoke briefly of their cultural journey and their deep appreciation for their art form and the recognition it is being accorded.

Musician, producer and songwriter, AK47 formally known as Allen Kedea, spoke at the launch of the National Cultural Policy on Friday, 10th June.

PNG’s advantage in tourism

With over 800 languages, CEO of the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority, Eric Uvovo, said this places PNG in a much better position.

Speaking at the Momase regional consultation workshop, CEO of the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority, Eric Uvovo, said the newly-developed National Cultural Policy 2022-2032 comes at a time when cultures are undergoing changes due to technological advancements.

The policy will ensure the preservation of PNG’s culture while generating much-needed revenue at the same time.

Challenges in preserving PNG’s tradition

The third Toktok Bilong Strongim Nesen focused on PNG’s cultural history, which can be traced back 60,000 years.

The Development Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference, Marie Mondu, spoke of how migration, civilisation and mixed marriages water down PNG’s traditional practices.

Teacher inspires through online art

A professional multimedia artist, Tandoa earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Queensland University of Technology through the Australia Awards Scholarship Program.

In the classroom and online she finds ways to make traditional culture relevant to new audiences.  By incorporating dance, music, and arts from the country’s diverse provinces into the curriculum, she is ensuring the next generation will value their heritage.

Wellington hosting Pasifika Festival

It will be held at Odlins Plaza on the waterfront and feature performances by traditional and contemporary Pacific artists.

There will also be traditional pacific food, including a Pacific Island Cook-Off and a range of family-friendly activities.

The festival will be MCed by Tofiga Fepulea'i a former member of the comedy duo the Laughing Samoans.

The Wellington council says it is an opportunity for all Pacific people to celebrate and share their knowledge, values and beliefs.

The Wellington Pasifika Festival runs from 12 noon until 6pm.

 

Provincials days preserve our culture: Somare

“We need to hear more about our different cultures and it’s good if these people could also write their own folklores,” says Sir Michael Somare.

Sir Michael says such events allow the people of a particular place to narrow down and portray on what they believe in.

But Sir Michael adds that more should be done.

He states the shows are telling a story…but folklores must also be written to capture these beliefs and traditions.

Celebrating their ethnicity

East Sepik Provincial Day was held at the Murray Barracks, recording the biggest crowd of the day.

The venue was packed and many more still making their way in by midday.

The public even joined in on adorning a few traditional attire and body paints and danced along with traditional singsing groups who took the arena.

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Amazing handicraft talent on display in Alotau

In recent times, these activities have also been aimed at preserving culture and transferring local knowledge from the older to younger generations.

One such event was the recent gathering of the Women Weavers of Milne Bay early this month.

This saw women from around the province gather in Alotau for a two-day show and tell event.

It was specifically for sharing knowledge on cultural practices, particularly the art of weaving.

Hawaiian Hokule'a canoe makes it round the world

The boat, the Hokule'a, took three years to journey around the globe.

Its crew navigated without modern instruments, using only the stars, wind and ocean swells as guides.

They aimed to use the same techniques that brought the first Polynesian settlers to Hawaii hundreds of years ago.

Hawaii celebrated the Hokule'a's homecoming on Honolulu's Magic Island peninsula on Saturday.

Built in the 1970s, it has travelled around 40,000 nautical miles (74,000km) on this latest trip, known as the Malama Honua voyage, meaning "to care for our Island Earth".