The PNG National Cultural Commission (NCC) has launched the first ever Ipili Cultural Festival in Porgera, Enga Province.
The acting executive director of NCC, Steven Kilanda and first secretary to the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Andrew Yamai, were in Enga to officiate the launching.
Chairman of the Ipili Humari Sianda Festival, Alus Mark Maliwa said the festival will pave way for the people of Porgera to display their culture annually in their own district.
“The Ipili festival will became a national event which will attract many visitors from outside into Porgera once a permanent date is set for the event. We are happy to see our people participate fully in this great initiative,” Mr Maliwa said.
He said the festival aims to educate and inspire young people to embrace their culture and preserve the unique Ipili culture.
“We also want to advocate for peace and unity among the people by encouraging them to put their differences aside and come together and display their culture,” he said.
“I therefore would like to welcome the delegates especially Mr Kilanda and Mr Yamai to Porgera District to launch the festival on behalf of the Ipili Humari Sianda Festival committee.”