Islands Festival using music to put gender issues on the stage


Gender-based violence issues in the country are to be addressed through music by Pacific groups in a festival in Port Moresby this weekend.
The first Port Moresby Islands Festival of Arts and Music (MiFAM) is in a new festival format.
“This show is big for us. We have carefully analysed and planned the festival to impress the Port Moresby community and to start the festive season on a high note, with the key message of togetherness and family unity, promoting the Pacific way of life though music, songs, acts and crafts”, the managing director of festival sponsor Mahana Multmedia Randall Betuela said. The festival on Saturday includes dance groups, stage performances, live band and individual performances.
Betuela said the music festival line-up would include Jaro Local, Sean Rii, Narxson, Elbig Raings, Didi and Michael Maru. The traditional dances will have performances from cultural dance groups from Port Moresby; Tonga, Tasman Islands and Mortlock Islands.