“The Ultimate Guide to the National Mask & Warwagira Festival: Dates, Highlights, and Safety Protocols”

The National Mask & Warwagira Festival will once again take place in East New Britain Province, this time at the Takubar Sports Field in Kokopo from July 12th-16th, 2023. The festival’s main focus is to revive the famous Masks & Warwagira Festival and promote cultural tourism in the region.

The 2023 festival’s theme is “Culture Preservations, Youth Engagement & Participation” and there will be many highlights to look forward to. These include the Tubuan Kinavai, Tubuan performances, Baining Mumu Snake Cooking, Fire Eaters Performance, Goroka Asaro Mudman, Baining Fire Dance, Natiding Garamut Beating, String Bands Ensembles, New Ireland-Malagan Cultural Group, Students’ Pageant Show Quest, Traditional Cooking Illustrations, and TINBUK Night Dance.

During the five-day festival, corporate business houses are invited to showcase their products and promote their businesses in corporate stalls. In addition, the festival promotes arts and crafts, small and medium enterprises, and all cultural activities within the three different ethnic groups of people in ENBP: The Tolai, The Baining, and the Qaqet.

The National Mask Organizing Committee, based in Kokopo, has provided their contact information for inquiries and bookings. The committee can be reached through their email addresses or their Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

The National Mask & Warwagira Festival has become an annual event that attracts visitors from all over the world. It is a celebration of the rich culture and traditions of the people of East New Britain Province, and it promotes cultural tourism and economic growth in the region. With the festival’s strict adherence to Covid-19 health and safety protocols, visitors can enjoy the festivities with peace of mind, knowing that their safety is a top priority. So, mark your calendars for the 2023 National Mask & Warwagira Festival and experience the vibrant culture of ENBP for yourself!

MAIN HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FESTIVAL1. Tubuan Kinavai-5-6:30am (Wed 12 July)2. Tubuan Performances 7:30am-9am (Wed 12 July)3. THE BAINING MUMU SNAKE COOKING-11:30-12pm (Thur 13th July)4. Fire Eaters Performace-Day time (Thur 13th July)5. The Goroka Asaro Mudman- Day Time (Thur 13th July)6. The Baining Fire Dance-6:45pm-8:00pm Evening(Thur 13th July)7. The Natiding Garamut Beating-9am (Fri14th July)8. String Bands ensembles-6:30pm-9pm (Wed 12th July)9. New Ireland-Malagan Cultural Group-10am (Fri 14th)10. The Students’ Pageant show Quest-7pm-8pm (Sat 15th July)11. Traditional Cooking illustrations-(Fri 14th daytime)12. TINBUK NIGHT DANCE


THE NATIONAL MASK ORGANIZING COMMITTEE P.O BOX 837KOKOPO, ENBPEmail maskfestival2019@gmail.comkokopotours 501@gmail.comalansjubilee@gmail.comjhaybedi86@gmail.comPHONE: 982 8850/9829038
MOBILE 72709261/727905014/73075124

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