National Mask Festival
|Country and Region||Papua New Guinea — East New Britain|
|Type of Festival||Dance, Music|
|Location of Festival||Rabaul, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea|
|Festival Contact Information|
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|