Jana Zoriry – EMTV Online
The 2018 Tufi Tapa and Tattoo Festival has been launched today (August 1) after 12 years.
The Cultural Show will be held on the 15-16 September in Tufi, Oro province.
Member for Ijivitari, Richard Masere said the purpose of the show is to provide an avenue to showcase his people’s cultures and traditions.
“The Tapa Festival will provide a way to present our tradition and cultures,” said Mr Masere.
Mr Masare also urged the media to demonstrate the uniqueness of PNG and undertakes to drive the Tufi Show and make it one of the best cultural events in PNG.
MP Masare also called on other MPs to push and support such initiatives in their districts as such initiatives would drive money from the cities into the rural community.
“By taking the tapa and tattoo festival to Tufi, we are addressing the rural communities, so when the cruise liners come in, they bring the money, the rural communities benefit from that money,” said Mr Masere.
Speaking also at the launch was Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Emil Tammur who stressed the importance of culture as our strength.
“We are proud as a nation of our more than one thousand different tribes in the country and our strength is our culture and traditions,” says Minister Tammur.
Minister Tammur also thanked the Member for Ijivitari, Richard Masere for his initiative to try and get the Tufi Tapa and Tattoo Festival back on after 12 years.
Mr Tammur made a donation of K50 000 to support the hosting of the Tapa and Tattoo Cultural Show.
Also launched today (August 1) was the Ijivitari website, ‘Ijivitari Online’, which is the official website for the district.