The Jakarta Post
Various arts and cultural performances from the Sasak people of Lombok and the Samawa and Mbojo peoples of Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), livened up the Car-Free Day in Jakarta, on Sunday.
The 2013 Lombok Sumbawa Cultural Parade started from the west entrance of Monas (National Monument) in front of the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry in Central Jakarta and ended at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle.
NTB regional secretary Muhammad Nur said together with its two neighboring provinces, Bali and East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), NTB was declared as the gate of national tourism.
'With this parade, the NTB administration hopes that the province's tourism potentials can be more widely recognized,' he said.
NTB was not only blessed with a wealth of natural beauty but also offered diverse arts and culture, he went on.
More than 1,500 participants took part in the parade, which was opened by Nur and the province's Regional Tourism and Promotion Board (BPPD) head Awanadhi Aswinabawa from the front yard of the Tourism and Economy Creative Ministry on Sunday morning. Several tourism operators from NTB and Jakarta as well as officials from the Jakarta administration's tourism and culture agency attended the event.
Various cultural performances such as Ngurek, a performance showcasing the body's strength to resist sharp weapons and Presean, a lashing contest using a whip as well as Kecimol, Lombok's traditional music orchestra were presented during the parade.
Nur hoped that the parade could attract more tourists in particular from Jakarta to visit and spend their holidays in Sumbawa and Lombok. (ebf)