from: $2250*

CULTURE

MT HAGEN SHOW 2019

This four night program is designed for independent travellers requiring managed arrangements for visiting the Mt Hagen Show. It offers a selection of accommodation options – subject to availability at time of booking – and escorted excursions to the Paiya Village sing-sing and the Mt Hagen Show.

The Mt Hagen Show is Papua New Guinea’s largest cultural extravaganza. The Show has its origins in colonial days when colonial administrators sought to reduce tribal fighting by promoting inter-marriage and channelling inter-tribal rivalry into positive forms of competition. Major sing-sing events like the Mt Hagen Show and Goroka Show became opportunities for tribes to gain status without bloodshed, by competing to put on the best cultural performance. The Mt Hagen Show today is still a competition, with tribal groups vying for sizeable cash prizes and of course the honour and glory that first prize at the “Hagen Show” brings to one’s tribe.

The Show attracts cultural groups from all over Papua New Guinea, even from Bougainville and the Trobriand Islands. The local crowd of 50,000 mainly flock in from the Highlands provinces plus Madang and Lae as these are the only places with road access to Mt Hagen. In contrast, less than 300 overseas visitors attended last year’s Show, so it is still definitely a “local” festival and not just for tourists. There are also agricultural and trade displays, health awareness programs, sideshow alley and all manner of other activities at the Show which make it the highlight of every year for the Highlands people. Some very remote villagers come to town only once per year, for the Show, so you will see quite a kaleidoscope of faces just in the spectator crowd, even before you turn your attention to the sing-sing arena. Tourists and locals with cameras are given special seats with the best view, and you will also have permission to enter the performance arena to take close-ups of the dancers.

Apart from the Show itself, there is also another, smaller sing-sing on the day before the Show. This is held at Paiya Village about half an hour’s drive out of town, is more informal without the huge crowds, and provides an authentic village backdrop for photography, with opportunities for watching the performers putting on their make-up and body decorations before the performance.

For travellers from Cairns, we have an optional additional night in Port Moresby, due to no connecting flights on the Monday. Prices are shown on the below flyer.

Price

2 star, land only from $2250 per perosn, twin share

All other prices can be seen on our Printable flyer

Includes

  • Airfares and accommodation as per selected package
  • all ground transfers throughout
  • some meals
  • full day tour to Paiya Village
  • 2 half day tours
  • 2 day show pass with lunch
  • all site and village fees
  • tour guide and escort throughout

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Prices are quoted in AUD, valid for 2019 BUT are subject to change without notice due to currency variations and increases in taxes. They cannot be guaranteed until paid in full. We require 50% payment to book with the balance due no later that 60 days prior to departure. Bookings made within 30 days must be paid in full. See attached flyer for all trip notes. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here.