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Children to roll out Goroka show

THE 67th National Gaming Control Board Goroka Show is set for September 15-17 in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province.

Friday September 15 will be the staging of the Pikinini Day or Pikinini festival where all children will be dressed in their traditional attire or bilas to promote their culture and understand their culture said Keryn Hargreaves, Chair of Goroka Show Committee.

She said children are the footprints into the future to preserving our culture.

“This is because a lot of culture is dying now and the way to put the headdresses or bilas or how to put everything on a person has to be passed on to the younger generation to harness it and to take it onboard, protect it and continue into the future,” Mrs Hargreaves said.

“Otherwise, if we don’t in the future, we will lose that fabric of where we come from or the sense of identity.

Therefore, the aim of the Pikinini festival is all about advocating and educating our children on the significance of our cultures.

“So I hope that National Cultural Commission will see our Pikinini festival as very important part of the event and may be in the future can come in a way to support that through school programs.

“Culture we live and breathe it every day. We are Papua New Guineans and it is part of us and it is very important that we all play are part in preserving and promoting our culture.

“And through the shows is one of the way that we come to see that culture is much alive in Papua New Guinea.

This year Goroka show will feature 150 singsing groups from all the four regions of the country, all the way from Hela in the Highlands to Mamose and Southern region.”

Mrs Hargreaves thanked NCC for the continued support to Goroka show.

NCC Executive Director Steven Kilanda presented a cheque of K20,000 and emphasised that cultural festivals and shows are one way to keep culture alive and encouraged greater participation from mini cultural festivals.

“We will continue to support Goroka show and other shows in the country but we urge those bigger shows to work closely with mini shows and festivals established in the rural and urban areas.”