by Rachel Shisei – EM TV News, Madang
The Divine Word University has again celebrated its cultural day today in the Madang Province.
There were minor incidents reported of students under the influence of alcohol, however the police and Diwai Rangers, the University’s securities, kept the situation under the control.
The sun was very hot, as a result of the drought, but the radiant colours, unique dances and performances of the different provinces stood out, and kept the crowd on their feet.
All provinces showcased their different dances and traditional attires, to their own unique beats of the kundu drums, dissing the sun’s scorching heat.
Opening the show was the host province students’ group itself, performing dances from the volcanic Manam Island. The Oro provincial dancers took to the field after the Madang, followed by the East Sepik, Jiwaka, the Milne Bay, the Western Highlanders and many others.
“Some of the Highlands cultural groups couldn’t make it, as a result of the cost of transporting artefacts from their home provinces to Madang for the students,” said Syria Iningi, the DWU Cultural Committee Chairlady.
Nonetheless, the highlights, as expressed by the crowd, is the Madang Dancers performing the Manam Island dances, stirring emotions from the crowd, about the people who are suffering on the island, as a result of the recent minor eruption.
The other highlight, was the dance from the new province of Jiwaka, that got the crowd anticipating.
The DWU Cultural Show is an annual event, which is mostly supported by funds raised from business houses, who have their stalls set up at the show ground, as well as from the printed T-Shirt sales, and the gate fees.