Australian High Commission
Papua New Guinea

Enga Amphitheatre promotes law and justice, inclusive education and economic participation

The Enga Amphitheatre has been launched in Wabag which will provide an iconic venue for public services, education and entertainment.

The amphitheatre was officially opened on 15 December by Enga Governor Hon. Sir Peter Ipatas and Australian High Commissioner Jon Philp.

Australian High Commissioner, Jon Philp (far left) and Enga Governor, Sir Peter Ipatas cut the ribbon to officially open the new amphitheatre.

The multi-use venue will be used for activities to benefit the Engan people, including village court hearings, performing arts and inclusive education.

Governor Ipatas said the amphitheatre is an avenue to enhance social stability and economic development.

“Enga now has a natural home for customary courts and a cultural education theatre – strengthening provincial governance and our unique culture and customs,” Governor Ipatas said.

“This first-class facility is for the people of Enga – it will help uphold law and justice and provide access to key services for our 300,000 people, including women, men and youths.

The new amphitheatre in the heart of Wabag Town.

“The amphitheatre will also boost the legitimacy and functionality of Operation Mekim Save – the village courts branch responsible for mediating difficult inter-clan disputes by applying customary law.”

Situated in the heart of Wabag Town, the open-air amphitheatre will be used to improve access to law and justice services, provide more inclusive education opportunities for girls and strengthen cultural understanding and community contributions among youths.

Australian High Commissioner Jon Philp said Australia partnered with the Enga Provincial Administration to jointly fund the amphitheatre to promote social and economic development in line with local priorities.

“The Enga Amphitheatre will provide a versatile outdoor space for local activities, education and engagement,” Mr Philp said.

“We commend the Provincial Government’s commitment to making it a catalyst for improving girls’ access to education and strengthening economic participation among young people.”

The Enga Amphitheatre has a capacity of 400 people and includes a uniquely designed roof with four wing structures to cover the audience.

It forms part of a cultural hub along with the nearby Take Anda Cultural Centre, which has provided a space for the preservation of Engan culture and custom since it opened in 2009.

Inside the new amphitheatre which has a sitting capacity of 400 people.

Construction was supported by the PNG-Australia Partnership as part of a broader initiative to empower communities to create local solutions to local challenges.

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