About National Cultural Commission

National Cultural Commission (NCC) is one of oldest institutions of the country, it is established to protect, preserve and promote the cultures and arts of indigenous Papua New Guineans.

The National Cultural Commission (NCC) is one of the Government’s Statutory Organizations established by an Act of Parliament in 1994. Its roles, functions and responsibilities were certified on the 27th of October, 1994.

The following guiding principles compliment the Primary Objectives of NCC as articulated in its Act.

Papua New Guinea societies will change as we progress further into the 21st centuryWe can only hope that this change will proceed in a worthwhile direction. In order to create a sound society, Papua New Guineans must develop qualities of political, spiritual, moral and cultural values hand in hand with accumulation of wealth.
To increase the local people understand of their cultural heritage or of a particular cultural and artistic activity.
The people of Papua New Guinea must be provided with the opportunity to involve in developing small to medium scale cultural and artistic activities.
Every opportunity and resources must be made available for all Papua New Guineans to participate fully and freely in arts and cultural creation and its benefits.
The implementation of the National Cultural Commission’s primary policy objectives must be restricted to the cultural institutions responsible for culture and arts.

The policy requires the support of all departments and agencies responsible for the various sectors of development and the participation and involvement of provincial and local level governments and all individuals, NGOs and community based organizations involved in creative cultural and artistic activities including cultural events.

  • Every human being has the right to culture, including the right to enjoy and develop cultural life and identity. Cultural rights, however, are not unlimited. The right to culture is limited at the point at which it infringes on another human right. No right can be used at the expense or destruction of another in accordance with international law.
  • This means that human rights are for all human beings, regardless of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property or birth of other status. Non-discrimination protects individuals and groups against the denial and violation of their human rights. To deny human rights on the grounds of cultural distinction is discriminatory. Human rights are intended for everyone in every culture.
  • Human rights are the birth right of every person. If a state dismisses universal human rights on the basis of cultural relativism, then the rights will be denied to the persons living under that state’s authority. The denial or abuse of human rights is wrong, regardless of the violator’s culture.

Considering the deep-seated inter-dependence between the intangible cultural heritage and the tangible cultural heritage and natural heritage;

  • The government considers the importance of the intangible cultural heritage as a mainspring of cultural diversity and a guarantee of sustainable development, as underscored in the UNESCO Recommendation of the Safeguarding of Traditional Culture and Folklore of 1989, in the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity of 2001, and in the Istanbul Declaration of 2002 adopted by the Third Round Table of the Ministers of Culture.
  • The government in line with the UNESCO Convention recognizes that the process of globalization and social transformation, alongside the condition they create for renewed dialogue among communities., also gives rise, as does the phenomenon of intolerance, to grave threats of deterioration, disappearance and destruction of the intangible cultural heritage, in particular owing to a lack of resources for safeguarding such heritage.
  • The government recognizes that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals, play an important role in the production, safeguarding, maintenance and re-creation of the intangible cultural heritage, thus helping to enrich cultural diversity and human creativity.

Falling within the general framework of the mission statement of enhancing the preservation, protection, safeguarding, development and promotion of the diverse and unique aspects of Papua New Guinea, NCC sees its strategic role as follows;

  • Assist and facilitate, preserve, protect, safeguard, develop and promote the traditional cultures of the indigenous peoples of Papua New Guinea.
  • Encourage the development, promotion and protection of the contemporary cultures of Papua New Guinea.
  • Facilitate the marketing of selected and approved aspects of the cultures of Papua New Guinea.
  • Co-ordinate with related government and non-government agencies on cultural matters.
  • Coordinate cultural activities with provincial cultural bodies.
  • Liaise with non-governmental organizations on cultural matters
  • Liaise with international cultural organizations.