A new amphitheatre at Papua New Guinea’s National Museum and Art Gallery has been named in honour of PNG’s pioneering woman writer, Nora Vagi Brash,
What was 12 months ago an eyesore for Museum staff and patrons has been brought back to life with National Government funding.
Minister for Tourism Arts and Culture Boka Kondra was guest of honour at the opening of the rehabilitated facility.
Mr Kondra pleaded with the Museum and artists to use the amphitheatre and help the National Government revive PNG’s contemporary cultural heritage.
The Nora Vagi Brash Amphitheatre recognises a person Mr Kondra branded as “this exceptional woman and thinker”.
He said that her work had been “groundbreaking and timeless” and “had mirrored the growing pains of a newly independent Papua New Guinea”.
Mr Kondra said Nora Vagi Brash is a playwright, poet, teacher and outstanding citizen for her contribution to the arts in PNG.
She has written 14 plays including Which Way Big Man?, Taurama, High Cost of Living Differently and Black Market Buai.
In his speech, Mr Kondra also complimented Board of Trustees President Julius Violaris and Museum Director Dr Andrew Moutu as two great leaders.
Mr Kondra also acknowledged Sir Michael Somare and former Australian prime minister the late Gough Whitlam “whose combined leadership four decades ago allowed present Papua New Guinea to inherit a Museum rich with significant cultural heritage.”