Showcasing PNG to the world: 2023 Goroka Show a Success


Papua New Guinea’s rich cultural heritage came alive once again as the 67th Goroka Show took centre stage at the National Sports Institute (NSI) in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province.

Held over the long weekend commemorating PNG’s 48th Independence, this year’s event, sponsored by the National Gaming Control Board (NGCB) left a mark of pride, joy and unity, bringing visitors from all over the world to celebrate together with PNG. This year’s Goroka Show marked a significant milestone by overcoming the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event witnessed a resounding turnout and increased interaction among attendees. The event showcased over 150 diverse groups from across the Highlands and the rest of the country. Among the highlights were captivating performances by the Mekeo dancers from Central Province and the Simbai beetle dancers from Madang. These enchanting displays of culture and tradition added depth and variety to the celebration.  

Collage showing a Mekeo Dancer on the left plus other performers from the Highlands Region featured during the 2023 Goroka Show

This year’s Goroka Show saw a notable influx of tourists, a plus to its growing reputation as a cultural spectacle worth experiencing. It captured the hearts not only of locals but also of visitors from around the globe.

Keryn Hargreaves, chairlady of the Goroka Show in her address during the show’s opening ceremony, thanked all the participants, local and international tourists, and expressed gratitude to the NGCB, Tourism Promotion Authority, National Cultural Commission, Eastern Highlands government, and other corporate sponsors whose support played a significant role in making this show a success. Their collective efforts highlighted the significance of such cultural events in fostering unity, boosting tourism, and celebrating Papua New Guinea’s vibrant heritage.

“Goroka Show is where the world meets Papua New Guinea.” – Hargreaves

Feature Photo: A local Goroka Show face painter in traditional attire paints a visiting international tourist’s face in PNG colours as part of the 2023 Goroka Show celebrations.

This week PNGBUZZ will bring you all the highlights of the successful 2023 Goroka Show. Stay tuned for videos, interviews and other content captured by our crew during PNG’s annual cultural showcase.  

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