Every September, thousands of people from over a hundred tribes come together in Goroka, Papua New Guinea, to celebrate their unique culture. In this traditional festival, called a sing-sing – the biggest of its kind in the world – there’s a mêlée of dancing, singing and a rainbow of colourful outfits on show.

Photographer Fabien Astre visited the festival last year and took these stunning pictures.

Speaking about his trip, he said: “Seeing all the different cultures from just one country is amazing. The people are friendly and happy to see foreigners being interested in their culture.”

Tribes in the Goroka Show, Papua New Guinea – Copyright Fabien Astre
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All images are copyright of Fabien Astre. For more of his photography, see fabienastre.com, or like him on Facebook

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