An initiative of Riback Stevedores to help the Ahi people of Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea

Monday, January 31, 2011

Ahi Festival slated for December 11-18, 2011

The Ahi Festival, following its overwhelming success at the inaugural event last December, will be on again this year from Dec 11-18 with even bigger and better things planned.
This year’s event will include motorcade and floats around the city, Sunday service gospel concert and opening extravaganza, Ahi Games, Ahi’s Got Talent show, cultural activities, musical extravaganza, Carols by Candlelight and fireworks.
Organisers are already on the drawing board evaluating last December’s inaugural event and planning for this year.
The Ahi Festival year kicks off on March 4 at Lae International Hotel with the official launching of website, theme song and documentary during a cocktail at the Lae International Hotel.
This will be followed by an educational symposium at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium from June 6-13.
September 15, the day before Independence Day, sees the groundbreaking ceremony of the Ahi Resource Centre at Ampo.
This all culminates with the second Ahi Festival in December.
“We have completed a development concept and are in process of incorporating an entity called ‘Ahi Foundation’,” according to major sponsor, Riback Stevedores’ operations manager, George Gware.
“This entity will have a community focus and will become the vehicle through which Riback and our partners will channel resources to support our various community based programmes.
“Ahi Festival will be our main promotional tool and Ahi Foundation will take ownership of the festival.
“The creation of Ahi Foundation will help keep accounting matters of this work away from Riback Stevedores’ books.
“For example, the Ahi Resource Centre will be an asset sitting on the foundation's books and not Ribacks'.
“Riback will manage the foundation and it is our intention that the board will consist of Riback’s representative, Lae Chamber of Commerce and Industry representative, village representative, church representative and a prominent representative.
“We have an architect currently working on the design of the resource centre.
“We are in full swing organising key major events for year 2011.
“We are all looking forward to the launching of the Ahi them song soon, with a DVD of the inaugural event also to be on sale soon.”

2011 Ahi Festival Calendar of Events

January                                         Evaluation

February                                       Planning

March                                           Friday 4th March 2011
                                                      Official launching of website, theme song and documentary 
                                                      Lae International Hotel cocktail party

April                                              Planning                                   

May                                              Planning

June                                              Monday 6th June – Monday 13th June
                                                      Educational Symposium
Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium indoor complex

July                                               Planning

August                                          Planning

September                                    Thursday 15th September 2011
                                                      Groundbreaking Ceremony of Ahi Resource Centre at  Ampo                                                                            
October                                         Planning

November                                     Planning

December                                     Sunday 11th December – Sunday 18th December 2011
                                                      Ahi Festival 2011
                                                      Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium


·        Launching of official website, theme song/clip and documentary
    Friday 4th March, Lae International Hotel Cocktail Party
                Invitees – Corporate partners, stakeholders, sponsors and potential clients

·        Educational Symposium
    Monday 6th June – Monday 13th June 2011
    Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium
    Six-day Symposium
    Seven stakeholders to present papers on topics affecting Ahi community
    Final day Expo

·        Groundbreaking Ceremony
    Thursday 15th September 2011
    St Andrews Parish Ampo
    Cultural singsings

·        Ahi Festival           
   Sunday 11th Dec- Sunday 18th Dec 2011
   Motorcade and floats around the city
   Sunday service Gospel concert and opening of festival    
  Ahi Games
  Ahi’s Got Talent
  Cultural Activities
  Musical Extravaganza
  Carols by Candlelight

Community-based projects for 2011

·        Community development awareness campaign                                
    Outreach programme facilitating for NGO’s entry into six Ahi villages
·        Establishment of health centres and police stations in six villages – through donor funding
·        Seek donations of books and school equipment  for schools within Ahi villages
·        Recording and archiving of traditional Ahi singsings
·        Write a book of famous Ahi traditional dishes

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