Australia Week (PNG) Program, 2013

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Wednesday 10 April

Official Launch | Paradise Cinemas (invitation only) | 6.00pm
The Official launch of Australia Week 2013 at Paradise Cinemas will include a VIP reception followed by a film screening of award-winning Australian Film The Sapphires.

Public Concert | University of PNG | 1.30pm
Visiting Australian band Bending Rodriguez, together with PNG legends The Sanguma Band will collaborate and share their musical talents and culture in a free concert in the Auditorium at UPNG. Winners of an essay competition for Secondary and High School students to be announced
before the concert.

Australia Week Golf Day | PNG Golf Club | all day
Four ball Ambrose golf competition to be hosted by the Australian Defence Staff. Australian High Commission agencies and their PNG counterparts will be vying for great prizes and the honour of being Australia Week Champions.

Flickerfest Award-Winning Short Films | University of PNG | 7.00pm
We are proud to once again hold a Short Film Festival as part of Australia Week. Ten of the best, and funniest, short films, will be screened at the UPNG Main Lecture Theatre from 7pm. Open to the public and free.

Thursday 11 April

Citylights Street Art | Konedobu, Port Moresby
An exciting addition to Australia Week for 2013 is Citylights – Port Moresby. Renowned Australian urban artists Andy Mac and Tim de Haan will collaborate with eminent Papua New Guinean artist Martin Morububuna to hold workshops with local established and emerging artists and will also create public art installations.

Chef Andrew Fielke | Cooking up a storm in Port Moresby
After a popular appearance at Australia Week 2012, renowned Australian Chef, Andrew Fielke, is back in PNG and will share his expertise and passion for cooking using traditional local produce with up-and-coming PNG chefs. Andrew and the local chefs will be out and about at the markets
gathering the best of local produce and then present a cooking demonstration creating a menu of exciting dishes using both PNG and Australian traditional produce and cooking techniques.

Australia Week LIVE Concert | Lamana Hotel | 7.00pm
A highlight of Australia Week, the Australia Week LIVE concert at the Lamana Hotel will feature Melbourne-based band Bending Rodriguez with their unique blend of high energy rock & roll, reggae undertones, and Spanish styles. Also performing are PNG music legends, The Sanguma Band – this iconic band is back together and will get the crowds grooving. Also on the line-up is the hugely popular PNG Hip Hop and RnB band, Animal Audio.

Australia Week Cocktails and Dinner | Lae Inter Hotel | 6.00pm
In conjunction with the Lae Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australia Week comes to Lae, with cocktails and dinner. Speaking at the dinner will be visiting Australian parliamentarians and representatives from the Cairns Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Friday 12 April

Australian-PNG Alumni Association reception and Launch of Public Art Project | Konedobu | 3.00pm
Australia Week’s keynote speaker, Tim Costello AO, is CEO of World Vision Australia, and one of Australia’s most sought after voices on social justice issues, leadership and ethics. Mr Costello will address the Australian-PNG Alumni Association and will also launch the Citylights – Port Moresby public art project.

Keynote Speaker Address and Sponsors’ Gourmet Grazing Dinner | The Atrium, Airways Hotel (invitation only) | 6.00pm
In the sumptuous surrounds of The Atrium at the Airways Hotel, VIP guests and Australia Week sponsors will hear Tim Costello AO present the Australia Week Keynote Speaker Address, followed by a gourmet grazing dining experience prepared by Australian chef, Andrew Fielke. Andrew Fielke is an internationally acclaimed consulting chef specialising in creating unique dishes using Australian native ingredients and is recognized as one of the foremost pioneers in this field.

Saturday 13 April

Andrew Fielke Cooking Master class and Degustation Dinner | Airways Hotel
Presented by Airways Hotel, Andrew will host an exclusive Master class during the day and in the evening he will prepare a five course degustation dinner with matching Australian wines.

Cricket on the Local Green | Tubuserea Village | 10.00am
The Australian High Commission cricket team will take on the Tubuserea First Xi on their home turf. Tubuserea is located 40 minutes’ drive SE from Port Moresby and has a proud cricketing tradition. Come along to enjoy some social cricket and a BBQ in a family environment.

Sunday 14 April

AFL Day | Amini Park | From 10.00am. Main game at 3.00pm
Featuring Round one of the local AFL competition this promises to be an exciting day of Australian Rules football with a passionate crowd of supporters for a rematch of last year’s Grand Final between the University Tigers and the Gordon’s Kokofas. The day will also involve a showcase ‘Old Boys’ match, women’s football, Niukick for kids and visiting junior players from Rio Tinto’s Indigenous Development program.

29th Australia-Papua New Guinea Business Forum and Trade Expo | Gateway Hotel | 6.00pm
Welcome Dinner – The Forum theme is “Infrastructure: Time for Action”. The theme aims to capture the important message that Papua New Guinea has unprecedented opportunity to turn the economic value of today’s resources boom into tomorrow’s future prosperity for all its people.

Monday 15 April & Tuesday 16 April

29th Australia-Papua New Guinea Business Forum and Trade Expo | Gateway Hotel
The program for the Forum includes an overview of the political and economic climate, especially issues which effect business and investment, and will include specific sessions by expert presenters on doing business in PNG, including topics such as PNG Economy, Roads, Maritime Transport, Energy and Power Supply and Resource updates. There will be an opportunity for delegates to engage in lively interaction with presenters in most sessions.

Participants have an unparalleled opportunity to learn about business opportunities in Papua New Guinea, and to network with senior Australia and Papua New Guinea based policy makers and senior businesspeople.

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Additional events around Papua New Guinea

PNG Society of Writers Association presentation: Dame Carol Kidu – A Remarkable Journey
– University of PNG | Port Moresby | Thursday 18 April | 7:00pm
– Divine Word University Presentation | Madang | Friday 19 April | 7:00pm

Flickerfest 2013 National Screening | University of Technology | Lae,
Screenings of ten of the best short films entered in the 2013 Australian short film festival, Flickerfest, will be screened at the University of Technology in Lae.

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2 thoughts on “Australia Week (PNG) Program, 2013

  1. THE FACE-LESS SOLDIER

    O land of beauty and the brave
    By one shot! All innocence lost
    Where strange men bled lay wasted
    As morning’s bugle gilded the skies
    History’s verdict was proclaimed
    Captured in such ragged prose
    You of ancient mother’s angel
    A lily in period’s pages pressed
    Along elves’n fairies of folklore.

    In distant pubs halls and malls
    While reflecting over ale or two
    Many mighty deeds regaled aloud
    Of knights mice and man alike
    In forests fields and everglades
    With blood sweat and tears, spent
    Scattered, consecrated, they lie
    Flooding arid eyes all around
    Toast to mate-ship’s truest heroes.

    B’what manner of man cannot recall
    The way like Moses you led out
    Against Pharaoh’s fiery wrath
    How you slipped the devils noose
    That fateful night by Oivi’s Creek
    Or rising to courage under line of fire
    Setting ablaze both man and spirit
    Still unfazed by hordes of sight unseen
    Who can ever forget you now!
    Tell us, who can ever forget you!

    O proud Orokaiva Warrior, plumed
    Like a spear to the skies you stand
    In your hands both life and death
    When jungle claimed you as its own
    Foes whispered you- Green Shadow !
    Sacred lightning, blurred darkness
    Old men forget, but you not, how
    Ridge by ridge and creek by creek
    Carved out your name forever, by
    History’s hand once writ cannot.

    On Calvary’s way you have trod
    Climbed your own Mount of Olives
    Kokoda Isurava Deniki and Buna
    Thru Gona’s kunai flats, Golgotha!
    As sunset offered deaths pale sting
    You stood, and smiled at its squint
    As only an Orokolo Warrior would
    And together as destiny’s brothers
    Filled Kumusi with Horri’s tears.

    Like the gushing of the Mambare
    Your innocent life poured out
    Daring angels to come measure
    For a cause not your own-
    If only the rocks would sing!
    Or wail like the thrashing Eora!
    A ragged and bloody tune be
    An ode to ultimate sacrifice
    A requiem of love supreme.

    Though ill tuned and unprepared
    While Curtins’ drawn and left wanting
    O’er Blamey’s blunderings in the dark
    Fought like warriors all possessed
    Moving men and mountain alike
    Deserving of accolades all equal
    But alas! to linger in the shadows
    A nameless and faceless solder!
    Dirge to tragedy worse than death.

    As dusk threatens to seize your days
    You contemplate life’s passing tide
    As did Henry the Fifth of age
    On Saint Crispin’s Day recount
    You strip your sleeves
    And show your scars
    Call out to all with ears
    Nay! I was there beside thee!
    When baptized in miry fire!

    In lands and skies far and near, rise
    Noble shrines and lordly tombs
    In hallowed undulating meadows, lay
    Names epitaphs in marble inscribed
    But as for you in this fading light
    Only rocks rills and mystic valleys
    Herald your poignant deeds indeed
    Now with undiscovered dead repose
    In firm clasps of eternal anonymity.

    Let now this cry go out from here
    To every village in every valley
    From Wapenamanda to Wakunai
    Let no clanging of silver be heard
    No vain fluttering of ribbons be seen
    For you were there beside him !
    Creek by creek and ridge by ridge
    Cast together as destiny’s brothers
    Yet, denied thrice at crow of dawn
    The lesser path of man he chose
    Ever to wander in soul-less sully.

    Hear now! History’s verdict we proclaim!
    Neither angels, elves nor fairies suffice
    Nor medals of backyard foundries entice!
    Now thru ancient gates you march
    To the land of your fathers’ spirits
    A land of promise and of plenty
    Of rich rare and raving beauty
    Where God rules in truth and is just
    Where men walk and not grow weary
    On treks paved in gold and silver
    Here, we proclaim you, immortal!

    We see you now, plain as you were
    Warrior by birth and gallant in death
    And in the timeless paean of Pericles
    As heroes the whole earth their tomb
    Yours with blood and valor, a nation!
    And round the fires of every hut at night
    As we pass the gourd and dakka around
    In singsing places where brave men stand
    We singe the bristles and call your name
    And never let our sons forget your deeds
    Theirs is a land of the proud and ancient
    Where warriors are born but never shall die.

    A Ballad of Tribute.

    (A Tribute to the Proud but forgotten Warriors of the Papuan Infantry Battalion & our Carriers who sacrificed their all that we might be a Nation)

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