Papua New Guinea is a very diverse country with an amazing 800 different languages, culture and traditions.
Rabaul people are known for rich cultural heritage endowed in the spiritual realm of their ancestors and passed down from generations. A culture driven by ancestral spirits portrayed by ritual, melody, chants, rhythm and movement. Unite with the people of Rabaul to celebrate a unique and fascinating culture.
Board the bus at the pier for a 10 minute transfer to Maltech School Grounds host venue for the Cultural Show.
Arrive to a traditional welcome, and receive a traditional basket which has traditional shell money that you can use to purchase assorted items such as soft drinks and local fruits at designated shell money area.
The Festival will start with a traditional whip dance that is remarkable and jaw dropping to see. Join the people of Rabaul while you witness and comprehend the array of dance groups, elaborate and colorful head dresses, exciting rhythmic chants, and action pack dancing for the next 45 mins. A local guide will provide you with information regarding the dances.
As they perform you a free to walk around, capture the moments with your camera and part take in the activities around the grounds. You can also mingle with the Dance Master (Tene Buai) who is member of a spiritual realm of Dance artists.
A 15min minute break will be given to enable guests to see and buy some artifacts from the crafts area. Traditional Shell money (Tabu) is displayed at the grounds. Two fathoms of Shell money is also in your basket that you will receive which you can use to buy assorted goods like soft drinks or kulau (fresh coconut) at the designated area. Rabaul is known for the use of a dual currency in which our local shell money is still widely used in today’s society.
As you move around the festival grounds you can witness some traditional activities such as traditional cooking and traditional shell money (Tabu) display.
While walking around you may also get the opportunity to witness the preparations of the dancers putting on traditional face painting. It is advisable to check with your guide before entering the dressing area for the traditional dance groups as there are also dance groups that the public are prohibited from seeing their preparations.
After the 15 minutes break you will be treated to another 45 minutes of action pack dancing by different traditional dancing groups. Get your cameras ready as these groups are totally different in color, rhythm, texture, tune, decoration, traditional head dresses and attires, which are surely fascinating to watch.