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Dieng Culture Festival to be livestreamed starting Wednesday

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, September 15, 2020  /  10:58 am
Dieng Culture Festival to be livestreamed starting Wednesday

A child receives a haircut during the 2014 Dieng Culture Festival at Dieng Plateau, Wonosobo, Central Java. (Shutterstock/Dany Kurniawan)

Amid the pandemic still spreading across the country, the annual Dieng Culture Festival in Wonosobo in Central Java, which usually attracts tens of thousands of visitors, will be livestreamed on various platforms on Wednesday and Thursday.

The festival will only allow 50 people to attend and encourages the public to join on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Mice.id.

The event is particularly famous for its dreadlocks-cutting ritual, which sees ten or 11 children get a haircut from a pemangku adat (village elder trusted to lead the tradition). 

According to kompas.com, the ritual will only involve three children as part of physical distancing measures. 

Other programs planned for the festival are traditional art performances, webinars on the history of the festival, the Dieng cleaning activity and jazz music performances featuring local musicians.

The Dieng Culture Festival is among Indonesia's most sought-after annual events for highlighting unique and diverse art and cultural performances. In 2016, it attracted at least 90,000 visitors from across the country and abroad. (wir/kes) 

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