Goroka in Pictures

Posted by Crooked Compass

Photographer, Kate Pientka, recently travelled with us on our four day Goroka Festival tour in Papua New Guinea. As expressions such as “Wow! What an amazing, unique and eye-opening cultural experience” and “the incredible colours, chanting and dancing of the hundreds of tribes was truly incredible to witness”, we could not wait to share Kate’s emotive pictures with you!

The Goroka Festival is a four day festival which takes place in September each year, showcasing one of the largest tribal gatherings in the world. More than 100 tribes participate in this festival, performing extraordinary displays of traditional song, dance and ritual whilst adorned in unique costumes, elaborate face paintings in an explosion of colours.

Kate’s photos capture the intimate moments she shared with the tribes and offer you a true insight in the colour and chaos that is the Goroka Cultural Show.

Kate Pientka Goroka Festival, PNG, Crooked Compass
Kate Pientka Goroka Festival, PNG, Crooked Compass

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Did someone say patriotic? The Goroka Show always falls around Independence Day – Photo Credit: Kate Pientka

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Mirror, mirror…. Photo Credit: Kate Pientka

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Lost in a tangle of tradition – Photo Credit: Kate Pientka

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A Western Highlander plays a traditional hand carved flute – Photo Credit: Kate Pientka

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Central Highland tribe – Photo Credit: Kate Pientka

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Preparation for the big day – Photo Credit: Kate Pientka

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Learning the ropes – Photo Credit: Kate Pientka

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Asaro mudmen making a mini mudman – Photo Credit: Kate Pientka

Want to make this experience yours? Join our Goroka Festival small group tour!