The host of three cultural institutions, the National Film Institute, the National Performing Arts Troupe based in Goroka and the Provincial Cultural Center based in Kainantu in the Eastern Highlands province, has not been able to fund these institutions.
The executive director of the National Cultural Commission, Steven Kilanda, said if there were funds available, they would not be sufficient to meet them.
He said the Eastern Highlands Province is the gateway to the rest of the Highlands provinces, but its cultural institutions are rotting due to blatant neglect.
During his recent visit, Kilanda expressed his disappointment with the Eastern Highlands provincial government and its administration. He gave around 100,000K in cash and in kind to the three cultural institutions as a sign of support and hope to rehabilitate them.
Kilanda and his team traveled to Kainantu and presented a check for K20,000 to help renovate the Eastern Highlands Cultural Center. To maintain the yard, he provided a lawn mower and mower with another K5000 each to the longtime potters and weavers who have been there since the center was established.
In Goroka, Kilanda and his team donated a check for K 60,000, two laptops and a camera to the National Performing Arts Troupe. The funding would help her repair her toilet block, drainage system and the interior of the Raun Raun Theater. Another K5000 was handed over to the initiator of the Kemase cultural center in Lufa district.
The provincial administration has been called upon to examine a draft memorandum of understanding with the National Cultural Commission which has been with the administration for some time.
The NCC is a small office and could not provide cultural services to the people of the East Highlands on its own and would need a partner to work with and the MOU is a way forward.
Kilanda mentioned that Goroka MP Aiye Tambua was very helpful and hinted that it would be good to see the rest of the eight MPs take an interest in providing cultural services to EHP residents.