2020 Cultural Events Update

A majority of cultural festival organizers have cancelled their events this year.


2020 Cultural Events Update 

According to the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority COVID-19 crisis business impact survey report conducted in April 2020, the global pandemic has had a devastating impact on Papua New Guinea’s tourism industry with more than 90% of businesses experiencing cancelled bookings.

Many of these cancelled bookings have been for the cultural festival tours taking place between June and November 2020. 

The PNG Tourism Promotion Authority works closely with cultural festival organizers to confirm dates for the industry, stakeholders and the general public every year. 

This year a majority of cultural festival organizers have made the difficult decision to cancel their 2020 events as a result of the COVID-19 crisis affecting inbound travel.

Cancelled cultural festivals confirmed for 2020 include:

  • National Mask and Warwagira Festival, East New Britain 
  • Sepik River Crocodile and Arts Festival, East Sepik 
  • Hagen Show, Western Highlands
  • Goroka Show, Eastern Highlands
  • National Kenu and Kundu Festival, Milne Bay  

The confirmed cultural festivals that will take place in 2020 are:

The following festivals are confirmed for next year:


For a list of 2020 events, please visit Tourism Industry Events.

For further information, email: [email protected]