Oil Search has continued its support of the annual Kutubu Kundu and Digaso Festival, underway from Thursday 19 September.
The company donated more than K15,000 in-kind (rations, diesel and gasoline and waste collection material) to help stage the event which will be held from 19-21 September with the theme “Strongim na wok bung wantaim” which encourages communities to work together.
The festival provides visiting locals and international tourists alike a rare insight into the rich and diverse culture of the Kutubu people, including the importance of the Kutubu kundu (drum) and the Digaso oil trade.
Apart from an amazing display of traditional regalia, cultural practices and unique art and craft from the Bosavi, Kutubu, Kikori, Hela, and Magarima regions, visitors will also be given the opportunity to visit the Kutubu human skull cave, local orchid farms and participate in activities like bird watching, canoeing, bush trekking, swimming and diving.
The festival is also aimed at educating local communities on the importance of protecting and preserving the environment and in turn their culture as both are deeply connected.
Into its ninth consecutive year, the event is a proud initiative of the Kutubu Foe Culture group to promote sustainable tourism, with the hope of increasing socio-economic benefits and capacity building for local communities. Oil Search has been a proud sponsor of the event since its inception in 2011.