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Where Is Goroka Show?

Goroka, Papua New Guinea

When Is Goroka Show?

Sep 16

What Is Goroka Show?

Papua New Guinea is known for many things, and one of its main tourist attractions is the Goroka Show. Held every close to the Independence Day of Papua New Guinea (September 16) in the town of Goroka, it is one of the most famous festivity that features local tribal culture, attracting over 2000 tribesmen from over a hundred different tribes. The two-day sing-sing showcases a dazzling array of color, enthusiastic performers and cultural extravaganza.
The Goroka Show started way back in 1957 when Australian Kiaps or patrol officers organized a show. The kiaps brought in sing-sing groups from their areas and began the entertainment weekend for everybody. During the course of the weekend festival, the tribes gather for music and dancing, and the event became a venue to show off extraordinary tribal rituals.
Aside from being an entertainment event, the Goroka show is also partly an agricultural show. This can be traced from the practice of the Eastern Highlands settlers to gather and exhibit their crops and animals. It was also a time for them to show off their colourful and lively dance traditions. The tribes pride themselves for their dance presentations, which they do simultaneously in the arena, as they compete as which of them gets most of the attention and prominence. It used to be that the best dancers were awarded with pigs and brides. Now the winners get cash prizes.
This occasion for the tribes to gather and celebrate has continued to this day and has become a national event in Papua New Guinea's calendar. Thus every year in September, residents and tourists look forward to the Goroka Show. It has become a popular tourist destination because it is an opportunity for the public to experience the traditional tribal culture of hundreds of tribes in Papua New Guinea. It is definitely one show that should not be missed.
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