DWU Cultural Day Extravaganza for Madang
BY ELLIOT DAWEA (DWU journalism Student)
The Divine Word University (DWU) annual Cultural Day at the Madang campus once again attracted a large crowd last Saturday at the DWU Madang campus.
Students from 22 provinces in Papua New Guinea performed on the day. Many students had their parents, guardians and extended relatives on campus to assist them with the preparations and performances as well.
The cultural day performance was preceded by a parade of costumes and dances by representatives of each group at the SVD Memorial Auditorium on Friday.
The neighbouring Solomon Islands also perform in this year’s cultural show. The audience dancing to the tune of international flavour, traditional attire, singing and dancing coming
Living up to the university’s slogan “Valuing our Culture and Heritage through Collaboration”, students from various provinces in PNG put on a lively display of their cultural heritage through their bilas (traditional regalia), dancing and singing at the Madang campus.
Many visitors, both local and international, were present for taking photographs or filming the dances and body decorations while some posed with the participants for that memorable photo opportunity.
The Cultural Day is a calendar event of DWU where the university encourages its students to value their indigenous cultural heritage. The event provides an avenue for students to come together to share the different cultures through songs, dances and enacted ceremonies.
The cultural celebration took place a day after DWU marks its 19th Foundation Day which commemorates the Papua New Guinea government’s declaration of the former Divine Word Institute (DWI) as a University on 21st August, 1996.
The 2017 event was organised and run by students with the support of the university administration.
Member of Parliament for Madang Open Bryan Krema was present at the show.