By Meriba Tulo – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The 2018 PNG Fashion & Design Week was launched in Port Moresby last night.
With the theme “Culture, Creativity & Digitisation for Innovation & Growth”, this year’s series of events aims to take bold, focused and deliberate actions to shape the future of PNG’s cultural and creative economies – locally, provincially, nationally and around the globe.
This year’s Fashion & Design Week which has seen the Australian Government on board as a major supporter will be a little different, with a series of activities to focus not only on fashion but on other creative and cultural initiatives that can be utilised to generate employment within the country.
The Department of Community Development & Religion also pledged their support for PNG Fashion & Design Week.
According to PNG Fashion & Design Week Chairperson, Janet Sios, this is an important step in gaining recognition for the important role that artists play in society.
Commerce and Industry Minister, Wera Mori highlighted the opportunities within the informal economy, which he said was an important driver of the overall economy, adding that it was women who were now at the forefront of developing industries such as fashion.
The event will also see the hosting of a High Tea & Mini Fashion Showcase, various workshops on fashion design, fabric printing, Cultural & Creative Industries Public Forum, Fashion Trade Expo, and a Plus Fusion Fashion Show.