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Papua New Guineans perform at the Multicultural Festival Mount Isa

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Papua New Guineans living in Mt. Isa, Queensland, got together to perform traditional dances at the Multicultural Festival Mount Isa last weekend.

The festival which is an annual one is conducted by the Good Shepherd Catholic Parish.

The Asaro Mudment as expected were a real crowd pleaser although with the exception of the two kids in the photo below there were some frightening children as the mudmen entered the stage.

Mount Isa is a small mining town in the heart of Queensland. There are quite a number of PNG families living in the area and according to Susannah Baru the group decided to showcase some of our PNG heritage. It certainly is a wonderful initiative to showcase your background and promote Papua New Guinea in this way.

Due to time constraints and the difficulty of having access to traditional costumes the group decided to do two performances and integrated them together.

It’s fantastic effort by the group not only about promoting Papua New Guinea but also coming together to perform a single dance considering most of the participants come from different corners of the country.
And to top the performance, the group made mumu for the church to sell.

It was a fantastic evening and the group enjoyed it so much.

Let’s hope next year’s event will be a much bigger one for the PNG contingent.