PNG's Unique Kutubu Kundu & Digaso festival


Lake Kutubu is located in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, in an extremely remote area. It is off the popular tourist grid and has few scheduled transport services, which makes it an exotic destination with unique biodiversity and local culture. <!--more-->

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The Kutubu Kundu &amp; Digaso Festival was initiated by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) with the aim to revive some of the lost cultures, and to highlight the significance of the natural and cultural heritage of the area. The festival helps to promote the significance of Kutubu's rich biodiversity; preserve Kutubu's cultural heritage, and promote partnerships in sustainable resource development and biodiversity conservation.

According to the WWF the Kutubu region is one of the most important rainforest areas on the planet. Lowland moist tropical rainforests, such as that around Lake Kutubu and the Kutubu region, are host to more species of plant, animal and insect than any other habitat on earth. Local villagers rely on this resource for water, medicine and food. The lake is one of the most important freshwater sites in Papua New Guinea.

WWF is facilitating this year’s festival. Diverse cultural groups are expected to attend and present their performing arts, handicrafts and other art from all around the Kikori Basin. Incidentally, the Kikori Basin is The Kikori Basin is home to the world’s longest lizard, largest egg-laying mammal (the echidna), largest pigeon, largest moth, and second-largest butterfly.
The festival runs from 25-26 September 2015.

The accommodation is as unique and exotic as the destination itself. The Tubo Lodge is located on an island in the middle of Lake Kutubu, one of the most spectacular locations in the Southern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea. The Lodge provides very excellent facilities and spectacular view of the lake and the surrounds.
Getting there is equally exciting with a choice of three modes of transport or a combination of the three: air, land and water.

Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Invest (PT&amp;I) Sydney office is helping promoting the event.

For more details on the festival email or call: +67573081368 or contact Acting Trade Commissioner Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Invest (Sydney) Jeremy Grennell at

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