By Staycey Yalo – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The 2018 National Mask Festival is on again this year with South Pacific Export Larger announcing its naming rights sponsorship. The Festival which aims at promoting Papua New Guinea’s diverse cultural masks will be hosted in Kokopo, East New Britain Province, in July.
The South Pacific Export National Mask Festival this year will not only see cultural performances, but showcase sacred traditional masks that are not usually seen by the public.
South Pacific Brewery who has been sponsoring the event before decided to come on board big this year.
The national Mask Festival Committee was very appreciative of the support by SP Brewery because as a National event, government funding had been lacking.
As one of the New Guinea Islands region flagship events, East New Britain has been hosting the festival for a number of years.
Although the National Mask Festival Committee would like to see provinces sending in their traditional performers, they will be partnering with the University of National Resources and Environment in Rabaul to encourage students to perform at the event.