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The Mandate and Functions of the

National Cultural Commission

The National Cultural Commission Act of 1994 laid the foundation for the establishment of the National Cultural Commission along with three affiliated national cultural institutions: the Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies, the National Film Institute, and the National Performing Arts Troupe. Each institution operates with specific mandates and functions dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and celebration of Papua New Guinea’s diverse cultural heritage.

Executive Director
Steven Enomb Kilanda

The National Cultural Commission has very important mandate and functional responsibility in the face of this modern and current development transition. As custodian of this culture and tradition, it is our duty to preserve, protect, promotes and safeguard Papua New Guinea tangible and intangible cultural heritage as well as our contemporary culture.


Registering your cultural group with the National Cultural Commission (NCC) offers benefits such as formal recognition, legal protection of intellectual property, access to resources, networking opportunities, promotion, and participation in policy development related to cultural heritage. It ensures preservation and promotion of your cultural heritage while facilitating collaboration and support from governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Performing arts encompass various forms of artistic expression performed live for an audience, including theater, dance, music, culinary and other forms of performance.

Visual arts refer to artistic disciplines that primarily rely on visual elements, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, weaving/Handicraft, photography, traditional tattooing, and other forms of visual arts.

A Cultural Center is a facility or institution dedicated to preserving, promoting, and celebrating various aspects of culture, including arts, heritage, traditions, and customs. It often serves serving as a hub for cultural engagement and enrichment.

Culture events are organized gatherings or activities that celebrate and showcase various aspects of cultural heritage, including national/regional/provincial shows/Festival, cultural show, music show or arts and fashion show and any other form of cultural events.


We value culture as the source of our identity, strength, guidance, and prosperity.


We endeavour to implement the government’s development agenda by preserving, promoting, and investing in the arts and culture of Papua New Guinea.

Functions and Responsibilities

The National Cultural Commission is a government organization focusing on preserving and promoting the country's diverse cultural heritage. This includes cultural policy formulation, cultural planning, and supporting initiatives and events such as cultural shows, festivals, and various forms of artistic expression including visual arts, performing arts, literature, and music.


To assist and facilitate, preserve, protect, develop and promote the traditional cultures of the indigenous peoples of Papua New Guinea.


To encourage the development, promotion and protection of the contemporary cultures of Papua New Guinea.


To facilitate the marketing of selected and approved aspects of the cultures of Papua New Guinea.


To co-ordinate and partner with Government and non-government agencies on cultural matters.

Cultural Activities

To co-ordinate cultural activities with provincial and local cultural authorities.


To liaise with international cultural organizations.