Mt. Hagen Show 2017
The 2017 Hagen Show is expected to take places in Mt. Hagen, August 19th-20th.
Tribes from all over the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea and other neighboring provinces from the Highlands region will gather in the township of Mt. Hagen to put on exciting cultural performances involving traditional dances, singing and ritual – rivaling that of the Goroka Show.
The Hagen Show was first before PNG’s Independence as an event to unify tribes.
The first Mount Hagen Cultural Show was staged in 1961, while PNG was still under the colonial rule of Australia. Many different tribes from the Highlands gathered together in an effort to share their cultural experiences with each other, bringing a calming effect to inter-tribal conflicts and animosities.
Since the first show, there have of course been technological advancements, political developments, and major paradigm shifts; namely, PNG’s independence from Australia in 1975. Mount Hagen has boomed in the past 40 years, and is now the third largest city in PNG. While the tribal focus of the show remains the same, the event has been made more tourist-friendly. A mix of tribal traditions and modern entertainment are designed to attract international and domestic travelers, and there is now a monetary prize for the winning cultural group. This ensures that the singsings are a colorful, competitive affair, with performers drumming, chanting and dancing at a pace that leaves even the audience breathless.
Now local entertainers from the modern music scene also perform during the show. Arts and crafts will also be on display apart from the cultural groups which will be preforming
Don’t miss out on this exciting cultural event in one of the Highlands regions biggest commercial township!
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