Madang students in their traditional attire entering the arena of the 2019 Cultural Day to perform. Photo by Dr Kevin Pamba
The Divine Word University students in Madang hosted a colourful display of the diverse indigenous cultures of Papua New Guinea during their “Cultural Day” last Saturday (17 Aug).
Twenty three (23) cultural groups from all provinces with one group made up of students from Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, participated in a festival of singing and dancing in the Madang campus.
Mr Kevin Murray, the President of the Madang Chamber of Commerce and Industry opened the festival and applauded the students and the University for setting aside a day each year to acknowledge the indigenous roots of the students.
The event was a blissful success with hundreds of people including international tourists and the expatriate community in Madang enjoying the sights and sounds of the day befitting of the theme "How wonderful it is, how pleasant for God's people to embrace and showcase our diverse cultures in harmony!"
On Friday evening the cultural groups participated in the Cultural Parade to showcase the different performances and attires that would be on show in the main event the next day.
The Parade Night hosted in the SVD Memorial Auditorium was a resounding success witnessed by our President Professor Cecilia Nembou, Mr Murray, Vice President Research and Higher Degrees, Professor Fr Philip Gibbs SVD and Vice President Student Affairs, Mr Ted Alau among other staff, students, parents and the public.
The Cultural Day made a return after a year. The annual festival was not held last year in a show of Melanesian cultural respect for a student who passed on in the days leading up to the planned event. The Cultural Day is a calendar event hosted by the students under the auspices of the Students Representative Council. This year's event was hosted under the leadership of SRC President Mr Bilu Kasanda and the Cultural Day Committee chaired by student leader Mr Vai Reva.
Photos of the Cultural Day shared in the image gallery below are courtesy of Dr Kevin Pamba and Professor Fr Philip Gibbs SVD.