National Kenu & Kundu Festival

5th to 7th November, 2021

The 2021 Kenu & Kundu Festival is tentatively set for the 5th - 6th of November in Alotau, Milne Bay province.

Canoes and Kundu drums are widely used in traditional ceremonies and rituals practiced by Milne Bay people.  As vessels of travel and enjoyment, they are meticulously crafted from special woods under strict customs to derive the best results. 

The canoes that feature at the festival include trade vessels and war canoes crafted using the same techniques used thousands of years ago.  They are a testament to the famed seafaring, trade and war-time skills of the ancestors of the people of Milne Bay, especially the Kula Ring. 

Three-years ago Milne Bay sailors Sanakoli John and Justin John successfully circumnavigated the island of New Guinea with Danish Adventurer Thor F. Jensen. They completed their journey with an honorary welcome at the 2017 National Kenu & Kundu Festival.  

Festival highlights include the 'singsings' (cultural dances), canoe races and the arrival of the war canoes.  

Cultural dancing groups featured at the festival come from all over the Milne Bay province, including some parts of the Papuan Region - creating a rich variety of performances.

Prizes are given to winners of the canoe races who assemble a day earlier at Wagawaga Island to form a convoy before sailing to Alotau for the official opening ceremony.

Other activities include:

  • Arts and craft displays
  • String band competitions
  • Traditional and contemporary drama performances  

 

Read: National Kenu and Kundu Festival in Milne Bay now a biennial event

 

For further information, contact the National Kenu & Kundu Festival Organising Committee: email secr[email protected]nationalkenukundufestival.com  or phone the Milne Bay Tourism Bureau +675 641-1503 

For festival updates visit the National Kenu & Kundu Festival Facebook page and  National Kenu & Kundu Festival website