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Cirebon to host festival of palaces across Indonesia

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, August 24, 2017  /  10:01 am
Cirebon to host festival of palaces across Indonesia

The exterior of Kasepuhan Palace in Cirebon, West Java. (kasepuhan.com/File)

Cirebon in West Java is set to host a festival of Keraton Nusantara (Archipelago Palaces) on Sept. 15-20.

Held for the 11th time, the biannual event is said to involve 50 palaces across the country.

More than 10,000 visitors are expected to come to the festival, which will feature an exhibition of sacred objects, art performances, a cultural seminar, a gathering of kings and sultanates across the archipelago, as well as performances of cultural ceremony and Kirab Prajurit Keraton (Royal Soldier Parade).

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According to Antara news agency, the festival will take place in three different palaces in Cirebon, namely Kasepuhan, Kanoman Palace and Kacirebonan.

Cirebon Youth, Sports, Cultural and Tourism Agency head, Dana Kartiman, said the festival aims to invite tourists to enjoy various cultural performances that the country has.

The festival was held for the first time in Surakarta, Central Java, in 1992. At the time, it only involved palaces across Java Island. (wir/kes)

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