Cultural Day a hit

The Divine Word University (DWU) annual Cultural Day at the Madang campus once again attracted a large crowd on Saturday 23rd August.

Students from the new Hela and Jiwaka provinces joined their colleagues from the original 20 provinces of Papua New Guinea and performed on the day. Many students had their parents, guardians and extended relatives on campus to assist them with the preparations and performances as well.

The cultural day performances were preceded by a parade of costumes and dances by representatives of each group at the SVD Memorial Auditorium on the evening of Friday 22nd August.

The event also featured students from the neighbouring Solomon Islands who stole the show with their panpipes and unique traditional attire, singing and dancing.

Many visitors, both local and international, were seen busy taking photographs or filming the dances and body decorations while some posed with the participants for that memorable photo opportunity.

The Cultural Day is a calendar event of DWU where the university encourages its students to value their indigenous cultural heritage. The event provides an avenue for students to come together to share the different cultures through songs, dances and enacted ceremonies.

The 2014 event was organised and run by students with the support of the university administration.

The St Benedicts campus of the University in Wewak also observes the Cultural Day in conjunction with the day of the patron saint on 11th July.