Indigenous singing sensation Christine Anu to perform at PNG Games

Christine Anu

The Host Organising Committee (HOC) is thrilled to announce that internationally acclaimed, Indigenous performing artist Christine Anu will perform live at next month’s PNG Games.

Christine will replace Jessica Mauboy at the PNG Games’ opening ceremony on November 16, with Jessica confirming her cancellation last week due to scheduling conflicts.

Christine’s illustrious career has spanned over two decades with platinum albums, sell-out musicals, Hollywood blockbusters and high profile collaborations with musical luminaries such as Baz Luhrmann, Paul Kelly and David Atkins.

Hot on the heels of performing at high profile G20 functions in Australia, Christine is looking forward to performing once again in Papua New Guinea.

BSP PNG Games Chairman Phil Franklin is thrilled to have Christine perform at this year’s Games, saying, “From her humble beginnings in the Torres Strait Islands to the song ‘My Island Home’ that propelled her into the annals of Australian history, there are certainly parallels to one of the main objectives of the PNG Games – to promote national unity and provincial pride – and I am sure this message will not be lost on her audience when she performs at next month’s event,” says Phil Franklin, BSP PNG Games Chairman.

The BSP Games are taking place in Lae from 16th – 29th November and will see over 9,000 participants from more than 22 provinces gather for two weeks of competitive sports.

Sports taking place during the Games include athletics, soccer, netball, basketball, power & weight lifting, boxing, volleyball, AFL, rugby union 7’s, rugby league 9’s, swimming, lawn bowls, hockey, canoeing, squash, touch footy, taekwondo, karate, cricket, darts, softball and body building.
PNG favourites Jokema and K-Dumen will join Christine to perform live at the opening ceremony on Sunday the 16th November, which will be telecasted live on EMTV.

Ambassadors such as Australian rugby legend Scott Prince, PNG sprinting star Toea Wisil and weight lifting champion Livingston Sikoli have also offered their full support and will be in Lae during the Games.

About the PNG Games:

The concept of the PNG Games was first developed and introduced by the PNG Sports Foundation in 2003. The event is held every two years with a mission to promote and develop national unity and provincial pride through participation in sports. It is administered by the PNG Games Host Organising Committee and is governed by the PNG Games Charter.

The 6th edition of the event will attract over 10,000 sports people from 22 Provinces to participate in 28 different sports in 19 different venues. The slogan for the 2014 event is “BilongYumi”- “Our Games”.
The Games will be staged in Morobe Province and leave a legacy of infrastructure for Lae City, providing pathways for grassroots athletes to develop their skills towards professionalism. Given Lae’s accessibility to many coastal and highland provinces and that the Morobe Province School Year will have finished, it is expected that large numbers of spectators will travel to Lae for the Games.The Host Organising Committee seeks the support of business in PNG to make the event as successful as it can be.