Papua New Guinea is a land of rich and diverse cultures; traditions that are expressed in many different ways-through music and singing, dancing, art, pottery, weaving, among many others.
Port Moresby, the capital of PNG is the “melting pot” of the nation; home to people from all over Papua New Guinea, from each of the 22 provinces, speaking over 800 languages and with distinct and unique cultures of their own – Port Moresby is where it all unites.
One place where tourists, visitors and residents can see cultures come alive is at the Ela Beach Craft market, held at the end of every month and staged within the IEA Tafe college campus.
Gaining popularity over the years, the craft market attracts visitors from far and wide with an array of arts and cultural displays, expertly crafted artifacts, paintings, drawings, woven baskets and bilums, traditional headwear, jewelry, and floriculture, among others on display at the market.
As Port Moresby prepares to host significant events, which include the 2015 Pacific Games and the 2018 APEC Summit, the tourism, arts and cultural sectors are sure to benefit immensely from the influx of visitors expected during these events.
The monthly Ela Beach craft market continuous to thrive, providing opportunities for Papua New Guineans to earn income from the sale of their arts and crafts goods; and plays an important role in keeping Papua New Guinea’s cultures and traditions well and truly alive in Port Moresby.