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Arts Market at the Moresby Arts Theater

Long lines of hanging paintings, bright or intricately carved jewelry, beautiful carvings and well woven baskets and bilums of kinds are what greets you as you walk or drive into the gate and enter the Moresby Arts Theater for the Monthly Arts and Craft Market.

The craft markets at the Moresby Arts Theater come on every first Saturday of a new month and the local vendors always look forward to coming there to sell their crafts.

Near the gates and entrance, hang the paintings sold by local resellers or the artists themselves. Some are portraits of traditional dancers, masks or abstracts of people, paintings about WWII and some of the impressive ones were the landscape paintings which are just stunning.

There is a woman there by the name of Tua Aiari who was selling a very eye-catching dotted painting that shows the traditional Fish net in a way that is so captivating especially with the colors she used.

The crafts in the market comes in shapes and sizes for a lot of different purposes. There are carved shields, masks and statues of little turtles, pigs, dolphins, snails, seahorses that are so well carved that it almost looks like the wood was made to take that image.

The jewelry scene is a galore of glamorous and beautifully made traditional necklaces, earrings and bracelets and some even modern necklaces that are a combination of modern beads and traditional shells.

There are fans, baskets and even some bright colorful bilums. Some bilums come with a little bilum purse; the tapa purses are for those that are fans of the people’s creativity of Oro province.

As for entertainment, the people shopping was treated to a local dance troupe that performed a series of songs and dances that were very exciting and upbeat. Whenever they started singing, chanting or hitting their drums, everyone would stop for a moment to watch.

There was food sold inside the theater at their local canteen and a hot dog stall run by the Moresby Arts Theater volunteers for anyone who was looking to grab a bite after a long morning of shopping. Along with a few places for you, throw a mat and sit to enjoy the nature of Moresby Arts Theater.

It is a very cultural magical place to visit to see how our local artists see Papua New Guinea through their work and buy from them to support them.