Photo Story: Goroka, Papua New Guinea

The small leafy town of Goroka is tucked into Papua New Guinea’s Eastern Highlands. It’s here that, in September of each year, sing sing groups from across the country come together for The Goroka Show tribal gathering.

As the early morning mist rises over the mountains and the heat of the day sets in, groups begin arriving at the festival ground, and amidst a swirl of feathers, face-paint and handmade beads, throw all of their energy into their tribe’s performance.


Established in 1957 by Australian missionaries, the event was organised to encourage peace between the tribes. And now, from the hundreds of independent tribes scattered across Papua New Guinea, as many as 100 come to Goroka to be a part of this annual gathering, together exhibiting a little of the country’s extraordinary cultural diversity.


The Goroka Show is held mid-September each year. I flew to Goroka from Port Moresby with Air Niugini.

All images © Lauren Jade Hill