42nd Independence Day To Be Celebrated in Papua New Guinea

2017 09 42nd PNG Independence Day

2017 09 42nd PNG Independence Day 2In September 16, Papua New Guinea will celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the passing of the Papua New Guinea Independence Act 1975. It was an Act passed by the Parliament of Australia. It replaced the Papua and New Guinea Act 1949, and changed the status of the Territory of Papua and New Guinea to that of an independent Papua New Guinea. The Act set 16 September 1975 as date of Papua New Guinea's independence and terminated all remaining sovereign and legislative powers of Australia over the country.

Independence Day Celebrations

This year, like the previous years, the country will celebrate the occasion with a variety of activities. From cultural dances, singing, a lot of music and the selling of art and craft. Everywhere the country’s national colors which are black, red and gold will be waved here and there.

Papua New Guineans are a patriotic lot and there is no better time to show this patriotism than on this auspicious day.

The National Capital District has planned activities to mark the celebration of the day and once the final details are on hand information will be disseminated.

In the meantime, preparations are ongoing to give what can be expected during the celebrations of this momentous day in Port Moresby.

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The ‘Goroka Show’ is a significant cultural event in the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea (PNG). It is also the longest running annual cultural festival in Papua New Guinea drawing thousands of tourists to the country every year in September during the nation's Independence Day celebrations.

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The 2017 Goroka Show will be on the 15th to the 17th of September and staged in Goroka Town, Eastern Highlands Province.

The Goroka Show aims to once more provide the best in cultural entertainment to the people of the Eastern Highlands Province and make visitors feel welcome from Papua New Guinea and around the world.

Held every year during the weekend closest to Independence Day, the Goroka Show is Papua New Guinea's most well-known tribal gathering and cultural event.

More than 100 tribes participate in the event performing extraordinary displays of 'singsings' - traditional songs, dances and ritual performances.

The staging of the Goroka Show began in 1957 and was first introduced and organized by Australian patrol officers known locally as 'kiaps'. Kiaps from each district built round houses typical of their districts where they displayed the various and unique cultures of the people living there. The kiaps brought in 'singsing' groups from surrounding areas. It created an entertaining weekend for everyone in the Province helping people forget their tribal differences.


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papua_New_Guinea_Independence_Act_1975
  2. http://www.gorokaevents.com/


  1. Highlights of September 15, 2016 - Papua New Guinea Independence Day Celebration (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf8-iPERCPY)
  2. Brisbane PNG Independence Day 2016 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-pxqVGZD4I)
  3. RISE UP_2016 Official Music Film Clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drdOVvU68rU)