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The traditional, two-masted wooden sailing ship of South Sulawesi, the 'phinisi', is docked at Port Paotere, Makassar. The province will host three major events from September to December to highlight local arts and culture. (Shutterstock.com/Ye Choh Wah)
South Sulawesi will host three major events this year as part of the 100 Wonderful Events Indonesia 2018.
The events are the Makassar International Eight Festival and Forum ( F8 ), the Lovely Toraja Festival and the Phinisi Festival, as reported by kompas.com.
Launched by Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya, alongside South Sulawesi provincial secretary H. Tautoto Tana Ranggina and Makassar Mayor H. Moh. Ramdhan Pomanto, the events will bring together the region's arts and culture over four months.
Phinisi Festival 2018
Scheduled for Sept. 13 to 16, this year’s Phinisi Festival will be held in the district of Bulukumba.
The festival is dedicated to the phinisi, a two-masted wooden sailing ship and an Indonesian maritime heritage. The festival seeks to showcase the unique phinisi shipbuilding culture, which was traditionally done by hand and using only wood.
Read also: Phinisi Festival 2017 kicks off in Bulukumba
Eight Festival ( F8 )
The Makassar International Eight Festival and Forum, shortened to Eight Festival ( F8 ), is to present eight performances ranging from fashion, film, folk, flora and fauna, fine arts, fusion music as well as literary fiction and fonts.
This festival will be held from Oct. 10 to 14 at Losari Beach, Makassar.
Lovely Toraja Festival 2018
As its name implies, the Lovely Toraja Festival will take place in Malake, the capital of Tana Toraja district, and is two run two days on Dec. 28 and 29.
This festival will highlight several special events and competitions, such as the Coffee Festival, the International Barista Competition, the Tourism Photo Festival and the Toraja Night Run.
A culinary exhibition, along with cultural performances, will also take place during the multi-event festival, which is expected to increase foreign tourists by 35 percent. (anm/wng)