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Melanesian Arts fest preps on track

Preparations for the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture set for this year, is well underway despite accommodation venues yet to be confirmed in Port Moresby.
 
Festival Secretary Mali Voi says that the main accommodation venues for international participants are set for the PNG Institute of Public Administration, PNG In-service College and the 4-Mile Works Compound.
 
He explains that for national participants from the 22 provinces, the organisers have approached primary schools in the nation’s capital; however the schools have yet to confirm their participation.
 
Meanwhile, Mr Voi adds that the satellite venues of Mount Hagen, Kokopo, Wewak and Alotau are also gearing up with organisers set to tie in the Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture with the existing main festivals.
 
He says that this means that the Goroka Show has joined with the Hagen Show while the Garamut and Mambu Festival in Wewak, the Kenu and Kundu Festival in Alotau and the Warwagira Festival in Kokopo will all coincide with the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture that will fall on the 28th of June to the 11th of July.
 
Solomon Islands and Samoa have already confirmed their 150 participants while Mr Voi says that Vanuatu and Fiji have yet to do so.
 
Meanwhile, to date K34 million has been released to the National Cultural Commission to oversee preparations that will also see the Commission make use of their existing provincial organising groups in the four satellite venues of Mount Hagen, Kokopo, Wewak and Alotau.

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