The Jakarta Post
A child performing at Festival Lima Gunung XIII in the Merbabu area, August 2014. (Komunitas Lima Gunung/Roy Thaniago)
Fifty art groups will perform at the 15th Lima Gunung Festival this year, and the lack of sponsorship for the event hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of participants.
Supadi Haryanto, head of the Lima Gunung community told antaranews.com on Sunday evening that the festival would not only accommodate artists from within the community, but also those from other groups in Magelang, as well as from larger cities.
Lima Gunung Festival, which literally translates as five mountain festival, is an annual independent event held by farmer-artists from Komunitas Lima Gunung Kabupaten Magelang, a community representing residents of the mountains of Merapi, Merbabu, Andong and Sumbing, as well as the Menoreh highlands in Central Java.
During the festival, participating artists will showcase traditional and contemporary music and dance performances, nature-based art installations, cultural carnivals, book launches, rituals and much more.
This year, the 15th Festival Lima Gunung is set to be held between Merapi and Merbabu mountains in the hamlet of Keron, Krogowanan village, Sawangan district, Magelang regency, from July 21 to 24. It will be preceded by an opening event in Candi Gunung Wukir (Wukir mountain temple), hamlet of Canggal, Kadiluwih village, Salam district, Magelang regency on July 19.
The theme of the upcoming festival is “Pala Kependhem”. Supadi explained that the theme refers to the resilience and power of agricultural products and especially food products that are hidden under the earth such as cassava, tuber and taro. The theme also refers to the abundance of natural resources on Java Island, which were written about in the Canggal inscription found in Candi Gunung Wukir. (msj/asw)