The Hiri Moale Festival celebrates a centuries-old traditional trade voyage of the Motu people of Central Province. ExxonMobil PNG, operator of the PNG LNG project has supported the festival since 2014 and this year contributed K67,000 towards the festival.
PNG LNG Plant Operations Manager, Alyssa Warner said ExxonMobil PNG works closely with communities and local governments to preserve and manage cultural resources in PNG LNG project areas.
This year’s festival is inclusive of the Motu Koita Music Festival and Vanagi (canoe) race which will be held in the coming weeks in the lead-up to the event in September.
PNG LNG is also supporting a workshop on pottery making at Porebada Village to revive Hiri Motu pottery which was once used in the Hiri Trade. The workshop is seeking to pass down to the next generation the traditional skills to make clay pottery, an art that is slowly disappearing with the older generation.
PNG LNG also supports the Kutubu Kundu and Digaso Festival.