Those attending Mt Wilhelm Cultural Show please take warm clothing as can get quite cold. especially in the evening. Fleece/puffer, merino/woolen jersey.
2024 The inaugural Mt Wilhelm Cultural Show.
4 days of cultural immersion in this unique part of Papua New Guinea. Guests will have the unique opportunity to view Sing Sing groups that have never performed to the outside world and they will not be performing at the Mt Hagen Show. A truly bespoke experience. Numbers are limited allowing our guests an intimate experience enabling to interact and participate with the groups and the people. A once in a life time experience. Remembering this is in a very remote area of PNG, expect the unexpected. A photographers dream.
A AUD$1500 nonrefundable deposit upon booking.
2024 Mt Hagen Cultural Show
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 AUD$1500 nonrefundable deposit per person is required to secure this trip. Limited numbers. Note accommodation is at a premium at this time.
Guests arrive in Port Moresby hotel courtesy coach transfer to accommodation.
Accommodation: Hotel (B)
Hotel courtesy coach will transfer guests to the domestic terminal. Connecting with ANG PX180 POM 08:25 - Mt Hagen 09:25. Guests MUST book the first flight out of Port Moresby to Mt Hagen.
On arrival at Mt Hagen the group will be met by our PNG representative and transported to Mt Wilhelm Lodge at Kegsugel. The drive is along a very rough road, take in the spectacular scenery and note the conditions along the way in which the people live. Takes approximately 5 hours. 2820 ASL. Accommodation: Lodge (L/D)
Up to 5-10 Sing Sing groups from the very remote Bundi and Simbu areas will dance and sing in their beautiful traditional attire. These groups will have walked a full day or more to perform for our guests.
What you are about to see will be a first for the outside world. We will not see these performances at any other cultural show throughout Papua New Guinea. Numbers are limited allowing our guests to interact
with the cultural groups. Bring your cameras, memories will be made. Accommodation: Lodge (B/L/D)
More performances by sing sing groups. Fire standing, Bow and arrow shooting, and much more. The local people will display their artifacts, bilums (string bags) from the surrounding communities.
Take this opportunity to purchase some unique artifacts that are not sold on a commercial basis anywhere else in PNG. Accommodation: Lodge (B/L/D)
Today the group will visit local villages and experience a day in the life of a Papua New Guinean highlander. Subsistence farming is the main income for village people. See how they grow their root vegetables, breed their pigs which are highly prized in the highlands and visit their village homes. Our guests are learning the grass roots culture today. Accommodation: Lodge (B/L/D)
We will walk around the area visiting primary and secondary schools. This will be very exciting for pupils to see tourists. We encourage our guests to interact with the children. We will take some small
hikes to different areas around the lodge. Studying the flora & fauna. Bird watching etc. Accommodation: Lodge (B/L/D)
After breakfast the group will travel by 4WD back to Mt Hagen. Arriving early to midafternoon.
For our guests travelling back home will connect with ANG PX189 Mt Hagen 16:40 - POM 17:40. Guests MUST book the last flight out of Port Moresby to Mt Hagen. OR Guests attending the Mt Hagen Show will transferred to their accommodation for the show sector. Accommodation: Lodge 2.5* (B/L/D)
This morning guests will be transferred to the Mt Hagen show grounds. The Mt Hagen Cultural Show was first staged in 1964 by many different tribes from Western Highlands Province as a means of (1) sharing the cultural experience with each other, (2) to calm the ever present tribal animosities and enmities by bringing all tribes together in a one cultural event to expose the positive side of life, (3) and to celebrate the diversity of cultures among the local people. In 1964 Papua New Guinea was still under its colonial power, Australia. Between 1964 and 1975, there has been some huge paradigm shifts; one being so obvious is the show's focus. The Mt Hagen Cultural Show has changed its focus from the aforementioned three reasons to a new one that is, performing for tourists. The show of today is therefore, an international and domestic tourist attraction event. Also, there are prize monies to be won by the best performing cultural group, thus the competition is aggressive, yet colourful and exciting. Accommodation: Lodge (B/L/D)
Transfer to international terminal to connect with flight home.
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