National Performing Arts Troupe (NPAT) is the only national arts theatre in the country that develops dramas on cross cutting issues, theatrical productions on myths and legends and provides education on importance of theatre arts and culture.
Formally known as the Raun Raun Theatre, NPAT is one of the three sister institutions of the National Cultural Commission that was officially established in 1982 and is located in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province.
National Performing Arts Troupe (NPAT) is the only national arts theatre that Cultivate and promote a repertoire of traditional songs and dances
Like its two other sister institutions, NPAT focuses on preserving the cultures of this country by means of encouraging the local communities to be engaged in organised traditional festivals during school holidays and provide theatre trainings for school leavers and the unemployed especially youths. Its standard programmes include the annual National Bilasim Skin festival that is usually held in Goroka during the term three school holidays which is in September. During these festivals, the people are encouraged to promote traditional and creative dances and music, display body art as well as taking part in debates and dramas on topics surrounding cultural preservations.
In order to support the training aspect of the programme, the institution has developed manuals to help them carry out the trainings for their students.
So far NPAT have established networks with over 30 school partners that they are currently working in corporation to achieve the institution’s goals in developing awareness drama on cross cutting issues, develop major theatrical productions on myths and legends of PNG and train the community and the young generation (school kids) on the importance of theatre arts and culture.
They have hosted the annual Bilasim Skin Festival in 10 different occasions since 2005, provided theatre training to over 15 recipient groups In Goroka, Mt Hagen, Simbu, Madang, and Alotau in the last 14 years, conducted the school training programmes to over 200 student participants and oversaw more than 170 individuals in their community development training from 2011 to 2013.
NPAT have reached out to a number of provinces over the years with their programmes and trainings most of them in the Highlands and Momase provinces and they are continuing to reach out to more today
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Steven Komb Kilanda
Acting Executive Director
Corporate (Management) Services
Policy, Research and Regulatory Services
Cultural Services Development
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