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July 4, 2020

National Mask Festival Kicks Off

The National Mask Festival and Warwagira kicked off in Kokopo, East New Britain province, today.

After the success of the 2013 National Mask Festival and Warwagira, the festival promises to be an exciting event, which will conclude on Sunday.


After a rainy start, the colorful festival delivered. Tourists and visitors alike were lured in by the sound of kundu drums and traditional sing-sing.


As if in a trance, the crowd was in awe of the dancers who showcased their athleticism while masked in their cultural attire.


While the dancers performed on the field, an array of stalls displaying traditional kaikai, bilums, baskets and merry blouses, native to East New Britain were a welcome distraction for visitors.


The Warwagira showcases traditional string bands, sing-sing groups, local rock bands, choirs and gospel bands and will begin on Saturday.


The tourism capital of the country, Kokopo, is also playing host to the Bank of Papua New Guinea's financial inclusion expo.


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