EXXONMOBIL PNG has announced its support of K66,000 towards this year’s Kutubu Kundu and Digaso Festival.
The festival is a community driven initiative that promotes collaboration and learning among 40 local communities from the region.
It celebrates the importance of Kutubu Kundu and Digaso oil and plays a vital role in safeguarding traditional practices and the diverse biodiversity of the Lake Kutubu region.
ExxonMobil PNG Managing Director Andrew Barry who made the presentation on August 10, said the Kutubu Kundu and Digaso Festival is a great opportunity to not only promote the unique culture and traditions of the Kutubu area but the pristine environment as well.
“We recognise that PNG is home to so many unique and endangered species of flora and fauna and has very distinctive cultures and as such, we strive to ensure that the environment and cultural heritage of the communities in which we operate are protected and preserved,” said Mr Barry.
Kutubu Kundu and Digaso Festival Deputy Chairman, Andrew Igimabo said this support will go a long way and it is encouraging to see ExxonMobil PNG’s support to the festival for the past six years since 2011.
This support goes beyond just funding but also involves active engagement by ExxonMobil PNG staff, to showcase their ongoing work and initiatives to protect the environment.
“This important forum which allows indigenous cultures to further develop an already deep people-to-people connection that they share with their land and culture with our neighbours in PNG and abroad,” said Mr Igimabo.
Since 2014, ExxonMobil PNG on behalf of PNG LNG, has provided PGK165,000 towards the Festival, bringing together people from more than 40 local communities from Bosavi, Kutubu, Kikori, Hela and Nipa, the country and abroad to share their cultures and establish deeper understanding and friendship.
This has been made possible through the continued and generous support through private public partnership with important stakeholders that work in the region including ExxonMobil PNG.
“My Song, My Dance, My Story, saving my home for tomorrow” is the theme for this year’s event to
be held from 22 -23 September 2017 in Kutubu.