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The Goroka Show is held over the Independence Day weekend (mid-September) at the National Sports Institute’s Sports Oval. It attracts more singsing (celebratory dance/festival) groups than the Mt Hagen show and there are also bands and other cultural activities. Make accommodation arrangements early as many places (especially top-end hotels) are booked out months in advance. Prices, like a Highland headdress, go sky-high.
The show is the glamour event on the social calendar for many performers and it is extraordinary how many feathers one person can squeeze on a headdress. Performers receive a payment from the proceeds and you are neither expected nor encouraged to tip individuals. There are also some elements of an agricultural show.