BY NELSON JOE
The National Cultural Commission has injected 100,000K in cash and in kind to revive existing cultural institutions in the Eastern Highlands Province.
The cultural institutions of the province are the National Film Institute and the National Performing Arts Troupe (Raun Raun Theater) based in Goroka and the Provincial Cultural Center based in Kainantu.
The commission’s executive director, Steven Kilanda, visited Kainantu last week and presented Kainantu 20,000 to help renovate the cultural center, a lawn mower and brush cutter to maintain his yard.
He also donated 5,000K each to a longtime potter and weaver who have run the cultural center since its inception.
In Goroka, Mr. Kilanda handed over K60,000 to the National Performing Art Troupe to repair his sanitary block, the drainage system and the interior of the Raun Raun Theater, which he helped renovate two years ago.
He also donated two laptops and a camera to improve the quality of their work and another K5000 to Lincoln Kisuma, the initiator of the Kemase Cultural Center in Lufa District – the balance remaining after the presentation of the first K5000 on the 16th. September.
Mr Kilanda expressed disappointment with the Eastern Highlands provincial government and its administration for neglecting institutions.
“Eastern Highlands is fortunate to have these very important cultural institutions, the theater (RaunRaun) is the parliament of all cultural centers in the Highlands,” he said.
He further called on the provincial administration to consider the draft MoU to develop cultural products to promote tourism in the province, which he said has been with the administration for some time.
“NCC is a small office and cannot provide cultural services only to residents of the eastern highlands.
We have to work together and this MoU is the way to go, ”said Mr. Kilanda.
He praised Goroka MP Aiye Tambu for his great help and called on other MPs to consider encouraging their people to participate and benefit from their unique cultures.
Attempts to obtain comment from Provincial Administrator John Gimiseve were unsuccessful.