Papua New Guinea is not only one of the most remote and unexplored countries in the world, it is also one of the most culturally diverse. There are estimated to be more than 7000 different cultural groups living in the small island nation, most of which speak their own language. With this diversity, in which they take great pride, comes many different styles of cultural expression. Each group has created its own expressive forms in art, dance, weaponry, costumes, singing, music, and much more, which are all commonly celebrated in a large gathering known as a “sing-sing”.
The Goroka Show is the largest sing-sing held each year in the Eastern Highlands province of the country, starting on their Independence Day. Hundreds of different tribes travel from all over and gather for this three-day festival full of singing and dancing, each dressed in their own makeup and costume to honor their individual traditions and to celebrate their diversity as a nation.