By Vasinatta Yama – EMTV News, Mt Hagen
Delegations from the Australian High Commission, multi-national companies and international tourists gathered in Wabag Town over the weekend, for a dual celebration.
The weekend was well spent with the opening of a new art gallery and the 23rd Enga cultural show.
Enga Governor, Sir Peter Ipatas, told his visitors, the Province is starting to tap into culture and tourism business for development.
Over 50 cultural groups in Enga Province and neighbouring provinces, came together at Aipus Oval, outside Wabag town to celebrate Enga Province’s 23rd cultural show.
The annual show unites the people of Enga province. This is where cultural groups display a tiny bit of their culture in song and dance.
As part of the event, the Australian Government through the Australian High Commission in PNG co-hosted the Sand and Bark Art Exhibition with PNG Power Limited.
Australian High Commissioner, Bruce Davis and PNG Power Limited Acting Managing Director, Carolyn Blacklock, officially opened the sand and bark art gallery on Saturday.
The gallery has the sand paintings and textile designs of Enga Province, and the bark and dot paintings of Australia’s indigenous people, the Aboriginal Art.
Enga Province is diverse, but it has one common language.
PNG Power supported Enga’s vision to preserve culture so that Engan children can learn to preserve and appreciate their cultural values.
Over one thousand participants and another thousand more spectators filled the Aipus Rugby League Oval to capacity, over the weekend.
Sir Peter Ipatas told his people to change their mindsets and be united for investments and development to take place.