Monday, April 12, 2010

2010 Mount Hagen Cultural Festival - "Heading to the Show



This previously posted entry, "Heading to the Show", is brought up to top of this blog now in anticipation of the August 2010 Mount Hagen Show.

Space on Mount Hagen Cultural Show trips is always limited. If you act quickly, you just might may be able to book for August, 2010 Go to: http://pngtours.com/tours/highlights2010.html


"Heading to the Show"

The organizing committee calls it The Mount Hagen Cultural Show. Tour operators call it the Highlands Show or the Cultural Festival. The highlanders call it The Sing Sing.


Beyond Papua New Guinea's major centres, few homes have electricity. Televisions, DVD players, computers, satellite receivers and cable service are rare. It's easy to understand why many Papua New Guineans consider the Mount Hagen Sing Sing to be the entertainment highlight of the year as well as a traditional cultural gathering.

Highlanders hike the trails from their villages to the road and catch a PMV to Mount Hagen for the show. PMVs are the not so rapid public transit of PNG. The vehicles used are customized trucks with benches bolted into the floor and a canvas awning lashed overhead.

Many of the highland roads are unpaved. Most are in poor repair. The PMVs are crowded. The journey may be bumpy and uncomfortable, but spirits are obviously high. Passengers join in chanting and singing as they travel towards Mount Hagen for show weekend.

Once in Mount Hagen, these out-of-towners stay in the homes of wantoks as they call fellow clanspeople and relatives. Days are spent at the Sing Sing. Evenings are spent with friends and family, telling stories and catching up on news.

While overseas visitors arrive by airplane and are accommodated in hotels, they share the anticipation of the show and the exciting experience of the Sing Sing with the Highlanders.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

2010 Mount Hagen Show - Space Available for the Sing Sing!



Space is always limited for travel in Papua New Guinea during Mount Hagen Cultural Festival time. This spectacular gathering of the clans is also referred to as the Mount Hagen Show or the Mount Hagen Sing Sing.

Have just discovered that there is aome limited space avaiable for the August, 2010 Mount Hagen Show and am excited to pass that information along to you.

The details of the itinerary are here: http://pngtours.com/tours/highlights2010.html

This trip has three nights at Ambua Lodgs in the midst of the Southern Highlands' land of the Hulis, three nights at Karawari Lodge perched high above the Karawari River and the Sepik River system and three nights in Mount Hagen---that's the entire show weekend in Mount Hagen.

The well designed trip also has two nights in Port Moresby to accommodate international arrival and departure flight connections.

Papua New Guinea's most iconic areas, its best remote lodges and the entire show weekend in Mount Hagen---space on this itinerary won't last long.

Go to http://pngtours.com/tours/highlights2010.html or email service@pngtours.com and ask for details of the Highlights Tour.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Mount Hagen Cultural Show - August 2010 Singsing in Papua New Guinea



The Mount Hagen Singsing, also known as the Mount Hagen Cultural Show, is one of the "1000 Places to See Before You Die". It is held in August in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.

If you are interested in experiencing this renowned tribal gathering in 2010, contact Trans Niugini Tours at service@pngtours.com There are a few spaces available.

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