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The Mount Hagen Cultural Show is world famous. Tourists from all around the world converge on Mt Hagen this weekend. It is a once in a life time experience. If you want to view something truly spectacular this is a must see event. Tribes from all over the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea and neighboring tribes from the Jiwaka Province will congregate at 'Kanaga town' Mount Hagen to display their unique 'singsing's (cultural dances). The exciting Mt Hagen Cultural Show was first staged in 1961 before PNG's independence as an event to unite the different tribes in the region. The show's purpose is to share cultural experience and calm the very-present tribal animosities.
A $1500 deposit per person is required to secure accommodation and show tickets. Note accommodation is at a premium at this time
Meet/greet on arrival and transfer to hotel/lodge and overnight. Accommodation: Lodge (D)
An early breakfast before guests are transferred to Paiya Mini Show, located approximately 20klms out of Mt Hagen township. Guests will be welcomed by the village chief and wives in traditional attire. Paiya mini/pre show involves different dancing groups from different areas of the province. Performers decorated with plumes of birds of paradise, body ornaments and grass skirts, faces decorated with clay, charcoal and traditional painting. Is also an opportunity to see the villagers prepare for the actual show. See mock fighting using shields and bows and arrows, traditional marriage ceremony - exchanging pigs, money and other valuables. The day ends with a local cuisine called "Mumu" prepared in an underground oven covered with hot stones and leaves. (B, L, D)
Sat 19th Aug Mt Hagen Show
Today spent at the show, mid afternoon scenic drive up to Rondon. Accommodation: Lodge
(B, L, D)
If unable to connect with international flights we can arrange accommodation in Port Moresby. (B)
For those in the group going onto Mt Wilhelm your ground transport will be picking you up this morning for the drive into the mountain.
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