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January 20, 2021

Melanesian Arts Festival Preparations

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Cultural groups from Manus, Western Province, and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, arrived in the nation’s capital in preparation for the Melanesian Arts Festival.

Assistant manager for Arts and Tourism in the South Fly district, Boloz Iowa, expressed excitement of the Ngao cultural group, representing the mainland of the South Fly in Western Province.


Aide Ganasi, Member  for South Fly, was also on hand to make a presentation of K3000, in cash to the group as part of their preparation.


Manus Provincial Administrator, Andrew Posing, was eager for the cultural group from Manus to showcase the uniqueness of the dances that they would present, stating it would be different from what Port Moresby residents were used to.


The Iris cultural group from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville weren’t in practice, however, Team Leader, Patrick Aromet, and Artistic Director, Normal Tolu, spoke about how proud their members were in being part of the event.


Apart from the cultural groups from Papua New Guinea that will be taking part, the Melanesian Arts festival will also feature the arts, culture and performances from other Melanesian countries including the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and New Caledonia.


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