Show expected to attract 100-plus tourists

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By ELIAS LARI
MORE than 100 tourists are expected to attend the Enga cultural show next month in Wabag.
The show will feature local dancing groups plus one the Australian Aborigines living in the Torres Strait Island.
The show will also be celebrating its silver jubilee.
Show chairperson Margaret Potane confirmed that tourists and locals would be treated to a cultural extravaganza from Aug 9 to 11 in Wabag. Potane said tickets for the show were being sold online.
Other cultural exhibitions include traditional salt-making which Enga is known for.
“The show will include school exhibitions held a day before the actual event,” she said.
“Preparations are underway and we are looking at also hosting more than 50 singsing groups from Enga alone.”
A cultural group each from Southern Highlands, Western Highlands and Hela has been invited as they are involved in the traditional salt-trading with Enga in the past.
Potane said that the cultural singsing groups will be dominated by Enga alone while only a few from the three neighbouring highlands provinces.
“Normally we want pure traditional costume to be worn and not a mixture of clothes because that does not speak well of us,” she said.
She said they expected the number of tourists to increase this year.

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