The celebration lasts for three days and is showcasing traditional dances and canoe races by different cultural groups in the Milne Bay Province.
The dancers from Rossel Island in the Louisiade District accompanied the governor of Milne Bay, dressed in his traditional regalia, to the stage for the opening of the festival.
The Rossel islanders, unlike other groups who use the kundu, dance to the sound of their singing and chanting.
Canoes of all types and of many different uses are taking part in the festival. There are races both traditional sailing canoes and war canoes.
Despite the scorching sun, everyone is enjoying themselves, going from stall to stall where business houses are marketing their products.
There will be more traditional dancing and canoe races tomorrow, the last day of the celebration.
These festivals and celebration are platforms for different cultural groups to mingle in bringing peaceful and harmonious living in PNG.