Date: Tuesday 11th July, 2017

Promoting and keeping our culture unites Papua New Guinea and BSP is pleased to continue its support to the 2017 Warwagira & 23rd Mask Festival to be held in Kokopo, East New Britain Province.

The Festival has always pulled large crowds to East New Britain, and has provided fun filled days of traditional singsings from across the New Britain Region, as well as from neighbouring Island and mainland provinces.

BSP has maintained its silver sponsorship of K5,000. The Festival  will be held from the 12th - 16th July, in which the festival is expected to be the best yet with an array of cultural performances expected to feature in the five-day event.

Since its inception, the Warwagira & Mask Festival has grown from strength to strength every year attracting tourists from as far as Europe and America.

BSP Kokopo Branch Manager, Joe Makinta presented the cheque to the 2017 National Mask and Warwagira Organising Committee yesterday (11th July, 2017) on behalf of the bank and said that, "BSP recognises the need and importance of promoting and showcasing our culture for our country's economic empowerment.

"Being a home-grown bank, it is our drive to see that PNG's tourism and culture is being promoted with positive messages to other countries.

"The partnership between BSP and the Festival's Organising Committee has been in place since 2011, and we are proud to be supporting the festival again this year." He said.

He also added that BSP Kokopo staff will also be facilitating opening of accounts including the Sumatin Account, Kids Savings Account and Kundu Account, mobile banking and internet banking registrations during the five day festival.