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The Goroka show spectacular

Traditional songs accompanied with beats from garamut and kundu drums filled the atmosphere at the National Sports Institute as the popular Goroka show in Eastern Highlands rolled into action for the 67th time over the long weekend.

More than 150 cultural groups from far and wide, all dorned in their respective and colourful traditional attires in their pure forms, filled the arena to its capacity and swayed away the independence weekend in dances and songs as Papua New Guinea celebrated its 48th independence anniversary on Saturday, September 16.

With fine weather throughout the weekend, the dancers held back nothing as they strutted out their moves in rythm with their garamut and kundu beats that accompanied their songs.

Their performances kept the cameramen so absorbed into their lenses and even prompted some international tourists to sway with the dancers while others took selfies with them.

A tourist taking a picture of traditional dancers at the Goroka Show.

The arena was so spectacular that it was boxed off by spectators poured in from across the country.

Artisans displayed their handy-work at the entrance to the arena where international tourists shopped for the show souvenir.

SME operators in agri-business displayed their produce in their stalls outside the arena within the showground.

Corporate sponsors who contributed in cash and kind for the staging of this show also displayed their merchandises in the stalls outside the arena.

The turnout of the crowd, both inside and outside the showground, was overwhelming and spilled over to West Goroka, some hundreds of metres to the east of the show ground.

The show goers complemented the excitement in the afternoon with the Western Highlands iconic cultural dance of “Waipa Waipa”with hands locked into each others’ arms as they jumped around in circles at the National Park opposite the main market while the police kept a close watch.

The show weekend was orderly as no rowdy behaviour occurred to disturb the public peace.

This was due to alcohol ban in place, which, the governor Simon Sia said, is the beginning of new measures to regulate the alcohol industry in Eastern Highlands Province.