The Jakarta Post
A participant struts along the street catwalk during the Malang Flower Carnival in 2016. (Tempo/Aris Novia Hidayat)
Unlike other carnivals, the 2018 Malang Flower Carnival to be held in the East Java city on Sept. 16 will focus on the ecological nature of the participants' costumes.
According to news agency Antara, one of the requirements for the costumes is that they feature flower ornaments made of recycled materials.
"Recycled materials can be easily obtained around Malang; they can be sponge- or palm stick-based," said the event's initiator, Agus Sunandar, in Jakarta on Tuesday.
Agus said creativity and innovation were key to sparking public enthusiasm for such a carnival.
"The Malang Flower Carnival will also come up with a carnival-concept wayang [puppet] costume play, which will make it entirely different from other [carnivals]," he added.
Supported by the Malang Tourism and Culture Agency and the Tourism Ministry, the event's eight edition will highlight "Eksotika Bunga Nusantara" (Archipelagic Flower Exoticism) in an effort to brand Malang as the City of Flowers.
The ministry's expert staff member for multicultural events, Esthy Reko Astuti, said the carnival had been included as one of 100 dates this year in the Wonderful Indonesia Calendar of Events.
"The Malang Flower Carnival is also one of eight events included in the 2018 Calendar of Events representing East Java," said Esthy.
Last year, the carnival was joined by 214 participants and attracted more than 5,000 visitors.
For this year, the carnival expects to welcome more visitors from outside Malang, such as Surabaya, Banyuwangi, Jember, Blitar, Pasuruan, Surabaya, Probolinggo, Bondowoso, Kediri, Nganjuk and Batu.
The participants will be divided into two categories: children and adults -- all will be wearing large costumes as they parade along Jl. Ijen.
One of East Java's prominent events, the Malang Flower Carnival has received numerous awards abroad, including Best Performance at the International Cultural Parade in Moscow in 2014 and Best National Costume at Miss Queen Tourism Ambassador International in Kuala Lumpur in 2016. (kes)