SUCCESSFUL LAUNCHING OF IHSF
The launching of the Ipili Humari Sianda Festival concluded on a high note today, with the festival being officially declared as a National Event by the Acting Executive Director of National Cultural Commission, Mr Steven Kilanda.
Mr Kilanda on behalf of the commission presented a K10,000 cheque to the Ipili Festival Chairman Alus Mark in front of a packed crowed at the Porgera station.
Mr Kilanda said culture was very vital and must be preserved because it depicts the uniqueness of our various ethnic groups in our country.
“Our culture and tradition must be valued because without culture, we do not exist.
“In places such as Porgera, which hosts the world class mine, it is fitting to promote our Ipili culture and tradition, because it has the potential to attract visitors from outside when this festival is hosted annually,” Mr Kilanda said.
He said the mine resources are none renewable resources and once it's fully extracted, our culture will remain and would sustain everyone through such festivals.
Mr Kilanda said the date for the Ipili festival is officially locked for August 6-7 in the National Cultural Festival Calendar and will be recognised by the government through National Cultural Commission.
First Secretary to the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Andrew Diu Yamai also shared similar sentiments and committed a further K10,000 to the festival for its first event in 2020.
In acknowledging the commitments, Ipili Festival Chairman Alus Mark expressed his gratitude on behalf of the festival committee and the people of Porgera for the recognition shown by the national government through the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry as well as the National Cultural Commission.
“I am honoured on behalf of the Ipili Humari Sianda Festival committee to receive such recognition and will continue to work closely with NCC and the Ministry responsible in the future to make this festival a success,” Mr Mark said.
He added that Porgera was always portrayed as a notorious district with a lot of law and order issues and that was why the community with the support of university students initiated the festival to bring the people together and advocate peace and unity through our culture.
National Cultural Commission’s Acting Executive Director Steven Kilanda (Left) presenting the festival certificate to Ipili Festival Chairman Alus Mark (right) as the first Secretary Andrew Yamai looks on.