National Mask Festival

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Country and Region Papua New GuineaEast New Britain
Type of Festival Dance, Music
Location of Festival Rabaul, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Festival Contact Information

Kerry Byrd
Email: wantok@earthlink.net

Festival Description

The National Mask Festival was initially introduced in 1995 and is staged as an Annual National Event to promote the Mask Cultures of Papua New Guinea. “Masks” in the definition of the term are found all over the world in many different forms and pertain many different functions. The types or class that have to do with the representation of spirits are found in West Africa, South America and Melanesia. Of this category, the Melanesian genre specifically has to do with spirits—mostly ancestoral spirits. These types of masks which we now call the “tumbuan” in Tok Pisin are found in Melanesia.

Festival Dates July 15 - 18, 2010
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