The 'Peoples Show' goes on for Enga in 2020 and all of Papua New Guinea is invitied
19 June 2020
Enga Show Goes On
The Enga Cultural Show Committee has announced that the 2020 Enga Show is all set to go ahead as planned from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th August at the Aipus Rugby Field in Wabag.
Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas said, “The Enga Cultural Show has grown to become an important part of the annual cycle of Enga Province over the past 25 years. Only 1% of people who come to the show are from outside. It is the people’s show first and foremost and the people of Enga are as eager as ever to unite and display their authentic traditional culture.”
Enga responded with swiftness at the announcement of the first Covid-19 virus in PNG in March, closing its borders to outsiders and stopping all FIFO workers from coming to the Pogera Mine within just days. Enga’s Governor put in an astonishing amount of mileage travelling by road across the province, to personally address communities and kick start what has become an on-going awareness campaign.
Dr Betty Koka, Director of Public Health with the Enga Provincial Health Authority, who is rolling out the awareness program said, “Enga also has the advantage of being the only province in PNG that speaks the one language, making the communication of health messages travel much further, faster in a country where word of mouth is still the main way to spread awareness messages.”
The Enga Governor said, “The Covid-19 Pandemic has affected the tourism industry globally. But it also presents an opportunity for Papua New Guineans who might have been planning to travel overseas to instead turn inward and support our country’s tourism industry. We would like to welcome people from other provinces come to Enga to see our authentic cultural displays, experience our pure environment, enjoy our famous fresh food produce and the hospitality of our friendly people.”
Enga Cultural Show Committee Chairlady and Director of Commerce, Culture and Tourism, Margaret Potane said, “With the cancellation of the 2020 Mt Hagen & Goroka Show, Enga will be the only Highlands show to go ahead this year and have we have launched the “Lukim Ples Pastaim/See Home First” campaign, calling for all Papua New Guineans and PNG residents to come and experience authentic Engan and Highlands culture and hospitality.”
“This year we will scale down the number of singsing groups to 30 and we already have singsing groups coming in to register from all our districts. Our famous display of ancient rituals, traditional skills, crafts and art will also still go on.”
“We will also be staging a number of show program side events, including an art exhibition, the Enga Fashion Fair, sand painting workshops and the Tasting Enga dinner”, Mrs Potane said.
The show committee plans to announce 2020 the show theme and full program in the next month.
More information and tickets for the Enga Cultural Show visit www.engashow.com.
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