Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture

Papua New Guinea

As part of the hosting cycle, in 2014 Papua New Guinea was a host to the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture under the theme “Celebrating Cultural Diversity”. Initiated in 1998 to preserve and promote Melanesian cultures, the Festival is held every four years in one of the Melanesian countries.

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According to the press, a record number of 2’500 participants from five Melanesian countries attended the Festival in Papua New Guinea making it the biggest event ever organised by a Melanesian country. The Festival has brought participants from across the region – Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji, and, of course, Papua New Guinea provinces. But PNG also extended invitations to West Papua, Timor Leste and the Torres Strait Islands.

Although Melanesia is as diverse as its people and their geographical locations, there are definitely close similarities among their cultures. The Festival is the chance to see unique cultures and traditions of Melanesian countries without travelling to each of them.

The next Melanesian Festival will be held from 1 to 10 July 2018 in Solomon Islands.

TRIBES OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA


Chimbu Tribes

Chimbu Tribes

Eastern Highlands Tribes

Eastern Highlands Tribes

Enga Tribes

Enga Tribes

Foi Tribe

Foi Tribe

Hewa Tribe

Hewa Tribe

Huli Tribe

Huli Tribe

Kalam Tribes

Kalam Tribes

Kaluli Tribe

Kaluli Tribe

Maprik Tribes

Maprik Tribes

Sepik Tribes

Sepik Tribes

Tambul Tribes

Tambul Tribes

Western Highlands and Jiwaka Tribes

Western Highlands and Jiwaka Tribes

FESTIVALS OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA


Gulf Mask Festival

Gulf Mask Festival

Bougainville Reeds Festival

Bougainville Reeds Festival

Baining Fire Dance

Baining Fire Dance

National Mask Festival

National Mask Festival

Enga Cultural Show

Enga Cultural Show

Sepik River Crocodile Festival

Sepik River Crocodile Festival

Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture

Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture

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