Bamboo, Garamut Festival set for friday

National, Normal

The National, Thursday 6th September, 2012

EAST Sepik is looking forward to hosting the two-day 11th Bamboo and Garamut Festival that starts this Friday.
It is an annual event that started in 2005 with the aim of promoting the Sepik culture.
Provincial division of Culture and Tourism senior advisor Anton Sakara said the provincial government had given K20,000 to the Bamboo and Garamut Festival committee to prepare for it.
Sakara said the two-day show would be held at the Wewak showground and would attract more than 20,000 people all over the province and around the country as well.
“There will be 12 cultural groups participating in the show,” Sakara said.
He said of the 12 groups, eight were from the province and four from other provinces.
Sakara said the festival would be a better one compared with previous years because West and East New Britain provinces would be taking part as
Madang and West Sepik, from the Mamose region, will take part as well.
Sakara appealed to the six national parliamentarians from the province and local level government presidents to support the event financially.
He said the K20,000 from the provincial government was not enough to cater for such an event.
He urged people in the province to support this unique festival.
Festival chairman, William Tekwie thanked the provincial government for its support towards the staging of the