The costume night was highlighted by local and expat musicians collaborating in song and as well as scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
A feature of the night was the auction of local PNG art and craft, including works by acclaimed local artist Ratoos Garry and internationally renowned potter Mary Gole.
A key event in the celebration was the awarding of prizes to some 12 young PNG actors attending year 9 at schools around the NCD. The awards were in recognition of the recent MAT-managed PRIDE event which saw 600 high school students learn about important local NGO social issues and then adapt them into small plays under the supervision of Dr Jane Awi and her fellow drama teachers at the University of Goroka.
MAT is committed to developing local PNG talent and hopes to attract 1,000 students to 2017's PRIDE event. In addition to local involvement in PRIDE, the cast for the MAT production of Dream is overwhelmingly dominated by established and aspiring PNG actors, musicians and performers.
12 productions of a Midsummer Nights Dream will be performed, starting October 29. Further details firstname.lastname@example.org or 70919799. (ends)