Travellers can soak up PNG culture during festival season

Mount Hagen Show.
Mount Hagen Show. Contributed

CROCODILES, war chants, flamboyant masks and canoe races are some of the quirky highlights of Papua New Guinea's annual festival season between June and November.

Papua New Guinea's festival season, which includes the popular Goroka Show, the National Mask Festival and the fascinating Crocodile Festival, offers travellers a taste of PNG's rich and varied culture.

The festivals are still largely a local affair meaning travellers get an authentic PNG experience.

Key festival highlights include:


National Mask Festival July 17-21, Kokopo, East New Britain

The National Mask Festival is the only festival of its kind in Papua New Guinea, bringing together tribes from all over the country to showcase their unique and elaborate masks.

Each mask's style forges the cultural identity of a tribe.


Crocodile Festival August 6-7, East Sepik Province, Wewak

The Sepik people honour their special bond with crocodiles in the annual Crocodile Festival.

This festival features live crocodile encounters, traditional dance contests, and tours of the sacred spirit houses.


Mount Hagen Show August 17-18, Mount Hagen

The world-famous Mount Hagen Show attracts up to 75 different tribes from all areas of Papua New Guinea and is one of the largest cultural events in the country.


The Goroka Show September 13-15, Eastern Highlands

This is one of the most exhilarating displays of culture, music and dance in Papua New Guinea.

More than 100 tribes come together in Goroka for the annual show, dressing in brightly coloured feathers and body paint representing their tribe.


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