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Reviving Sel Kambang festival in North Fly

The renowned ‘Sel Kambang’ Festival in North Fly district of Western province will come alive, commemorating PNG’s 48 Independence at Kiunga town from September 11 to 22 this month.

After 4-years absence of this once distinguished ‘cultural ‘festival, local MP James Donald is adamant to revive Western province’s own indigenous cultural show.

According to organising committee chairman Jacky Nick, North Fly District is getting ready to celebrate the PNG’s 48th Independence Day with the cultural show which is set for September 15 to 22 at the Kiunga town main oval.

“This show, in commemoration with the PNG’s Independence Day is to revive the Sel Kambang Festival which will be hosted by people of North Fly through the Office of Member for North Fly, James Donald and District Administraton with other stakeholders in Kiunga,” Mr Nick said.

He added that the show is scheduled from September 15 to 17, and continue with the Sel Kambang Festival from September 19 to 22, both events at Kiunga town.

“Traditional dancing groups from four tribes including Yongom, Awin, Ningerum and Faiwol will showcase their traditional dancing talents. Besides, representatives from the four Regions will be given an opportunity to participate and perform,” Mr Nick said.

The chairman said other highlights will include cultural bride price payment for young women and showcasing of traditional wealth among others.

Mr Nick said Faiwol, Awin Ningerum and Yongom dancing groups will showcase their unique traditional Sel Kambang dancing and traditional costume which is preserved for special occasions.

He further said at the amphitheater, local Ambip Band will perform live featuring Ice Wara alongside the Connections of Lae with Amon and Lister Serum.