Colourful display of cultures

The public in Madang town was treated to a colourful display of traditional Papua New Guinea cultures during the annual Cultural Day of Divine Word University on Saturday 19th August, 2017.

Students from 20 of the 22 provinces took part in the traditional dancing and singing along with their counterparts from Solomon Islands.Notable absentees were cultural groups from Southern Highlands and Hela provinces.

The special guest was the new Member of Parliament for Madang Mr Byran Kramer, who is a DWU graduate. Other guests who attended the cultural festival include young female entrepreneur and another DWU graduate Ms Annette Sete and members of the Society of Divine Word Missionaries and Holy Spirit Sisters, the two Catholic congregations that founded DWU.

The emblematic Asaro Mudman from Eastern Highlanders, the multiple bamboo band from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) and the earth-rattling dancers from Manus were among the highlight performers on a very sunny day.

Apart from the local crowd, a good number of foreign tourists could be seen enjoying the sights and sounds of PNG put on by the different cultural groups.

The theme of the Day was “Valuing our cultural heritage through collaboration” and everyone involved – students and their parents and guardians and the University staff – living up to it by making the day's events a collaborative effort.

Many parents and guardians from the mainland came by road from Morobe and the Highlands provinces with the traditional costumes and decorated their children and showed them how to perform the different dances.