By James Cowling, Port Moresby 2015 Games New Service
PORT MORESBY, July 9 – The inaugural Pacific Games Arts Festival (PGAF), a cultrural extraVa’anza that is running parallel to the sporting events, is delighting crowds at Port Moresby 2015.
The aim of the 15-day festival is give exposure to the talent, cultural arts and crafts that Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and the other nations of the South Pacific have to offer.
The Ceremonies and Culture Manager of the Games Organising Committee, Ian Boas, said it is a huge showcase of the country’s art and culture.
“We would like to promote and to share with visitors, both local and international, our art and culture and traditions,” Boas said.
A variety of acts are performing and visual arts and craft are on display in areas that are dressed with traditional huts built of off-cut timbers and covered with sago palm leaves.
The performing artists include live and string bands, singsing and cultural performances, poetry, drama, choirs, comedians and clowns.
The arts and crafts on display include fine arts and painting, fashion design, photography, face painting, handicrafts, tattooing, body piercing and bilum (bag) making.
The PGAF is taking place at the Sir John Guise Stadium from 11:00 to 21:00 and Bisini Grounds from and 11:00 to 17:00 until the end of the Games on Saturday, July 18.
Doors will open at both centres at 09:00.
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