Story and photos by Aloysius Laukai ; additional photos Paul Wagam and Brian Semoso
The three-days Mona festival was hailed a success despite government funding allocation not released on time.
This was the message echoed by the Chairlady of the Festival Committee, FRANCESCA SEMOSO at the close of the festival yesterday afternoon.
Ms Semoso said that despite these hiccups the three-days festival was incident free and safe and was enjoyed by all who attended.
She said thanked the local sponsors who donated in cash and kind to make the festival a success.
Mrs Semoso said that show casing one’s culture was good as it identifies the uniqueness of different groups.
Meanwhile, one of the famous Bougainville actors and co-actor in the Tukana film with Francesca Semoso, MR. ALBERT TORO who was one for the festival organizers, said that he was happy to see all the different people participate at the festival.
He said Bougainville had both the Melanesians and the Polynesians and it was good to see them participate as true Bougainvilleans.
The three-days festival was officially closed by the ABG Minister for culture, Mechior Dare.