PNG at the Melanesian Festival
The Solomon Islands has just hosted the Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival, with PNG sending a big contingent. Kate Webster reports.
Iam face to face with Choiseul tribesmen from the Solomon Islands. Their piercing eyes and red- stained mouths are enough to intimidate anyone. It’s rare to come across such tribesmen away from their region, but here they are in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, with thousands of other performers at the sixth Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival. More than 2000 performers and artists from Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and all across Melanesia gathered recently at the 10-day event. The festival takes place every four years to promote traditional and contemporary arts.
More than 2000 performers and artists from Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and all across Melanesia gathered recently at the 10-day event.
PNG sent a contingent of 150 to display cultural performances, traditional healing, arts and more.
Among them were the Amoora Kiwai Culture Group from the southwest region of PNG (near Torres Straits Islands), the Siassi Cultural Group from the Momase region in north PNG, and the Gembogl Cultural Group from the highland region of Chimbu.
The next Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival will be in Vanuatu in 2022.
Going with the beat … PNG performers from Chimbu get into the rhythm of the Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival.
Face off ... performers from the Choiseul Province in the Solomon Islands, painted and in their traditional dress.
Flying the flag ... traditional Tolai dancers from PNG (above); a performer from the Amoora Kiwai Culture Group from the south-west region of PNG, near the Torres Strait Islands (right).