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Kiunga host cultural festival with double winner

The Western Province Festival showcasing the culture and tourism potential of Western is officially on the nation’s calendar of tourism attractions.

Following the two-week Independence and Cultural show this year, the PNG National Cultural Commission (NCC) presented the Sel Kambang Festival’s renewal certificate and the announcement of a representative group from the province to partake in the 2024 Enga Cultural Festival.

CEO for NCC Steven Kilanda through his representative presented K10,000 from NCC for the running of the next Sel Kambang Festival in North Fly District.

Chairman for North Fly Independence and Cultural show 2023 Jacky Nick in appreciation thanked Mr Kilanda and the NCC for the continuous support and announced that Western Province will be sending the Faiwol Dancing Group next year to the Enga Cultural Show.

He said: “The idea is to display and provide exposure of the North Fly District and the province to the international community who frequently attend the Enga Cultural Show.”

This cultural exchange program sanctioned by the office of the Provincial Administrator is supported by the Tourism Promotion Authority.

Mr Nick said the 2024 Sel Kambang Festival will be bigger and better expecting international, national and local visitors to witness and participate in the festival.

“This year we have achieved our goal, which is to renew the ‘Sel Kambang Festival’ since 2019 due to COVID-19. We are gaining momentum and reviving the famous sel kambang (Penis Gourd) worn traditionally by the male of certain tribes in North Fly who come of age to adorn this magnificent attire,” said Mr Nick.

North Fly District Administrator Greg Isau encouraged unity among the communities in the district.

He said such event come with purpose to build a vibrant community in the district which is peaceful and live as one community.

Western Provincial Administrator Robert Kaiyun told his people to embrace their cultures by maintaining their mother tongues (lingua).

“One great loss today is the loss of language, many cannot speak their (Tokples) mother tongue, that is the first cultural heritage passed through generations, seeing our language die out is saddening, let’s save our languages.”

This year’s Sel Kambang Festival in Kiunga extends a warm welcome to representatives from various regions, providing a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Kiunga’s diverse population.

The event promises to shine a spotlight on the fading beauty of Sel Kambang Dancing and attire, illustrating its profound cultural significance to a global audience in the coming years.