National Kenu & Kundu Festival

The annual National Kenu & Kundu Festival in Papua New Guinea.
Friday, November 2, 2018 to Sunday, November 4, 2018

The annual National Kenu & Kundu Festival will be held on the 2nd to 4th of November, 2018 in Alotau, Milne Bay Province, in Papua New Guinea.

Each year in the first full week-end of November, the small and peaceful capital of Milne Bay Province, Alotau, comes to life with an explosion of vibrant culture, traditional canoes and the unmistakable echo of the conch shell: this is the time of the annual National Kenu & Kundu Festival, Papua New Guinea’s largest traditional canoeing event.

Canoes and kundu drums are a significant part of the lives of the people of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea. The “war canoes” are especially crafted from special woods under strict customs to derive the best results and ensure their use is a successful or victorious one. The canoes used in the festival are crafted the same way as the ancestors of the Milne Bay people built their own canoes many years ago.

Feast on traditional delicacies, be enthralled by swaying grass-skirts, pounding rhythms, the scent of the sea, and the warmest welcome from a people who open their home, culture and hearts to you!

Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea

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