The Eastern Highlands Provincial Government (EHPG) has been urged to support the annual Goroka Cultural Show starting next year.
Board Chairman of the Coffee Industry Corporation Ltd James Korarome strongly expressed that the EHPG should make it its business to support the show as a calendar event with budget appropriation because it is an iconic event for the people of Eastern Highlands Province and others to celebrate. Mr Korarome expressed this during the closing of the National Gaming Control Board Goroka Show on September 18.
Goroka Show is staged on September 16 every year during PNG’s Independence Day. The event promotes traditional cultures and showcases various goods and services provided by different organisations in the province. It is also a major tourist attraction.
“I suggest that the provincial government takes ownership on behalf of the people of Eastern Highlands. “It should budget K500 000 every year to support the show”, said Mr Korarome.
He added that currently, private companies and other organisation are donating to stage the show, which does not guarantee the continuity of the event if the private firms cease their support. Mr Korarome said CIC and coffee companies have been supporting the show since its inception in the 1950’s and are continuing to do so given the availability of resources.
The Chairman also thanked Prime Minister Peter O’Neil for accepting the invitation to participate and open the show. He thanked the major sponsor, the National Gaming Control Board, and other sponsors for their continued support towards the show and urged all to work together to improve it in the future.
The show was held from Friday 16 – Sunday 18 with 100 traditional performers from various provinces participating. Among other highlights included agricultural displays and exhibits, a kids cultural program, live band performances.