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Jakarta Post

Asmat festival attracts global visitors

  • Markus Makur

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 18 2008   /  11:13 am

Agat, capital of Papua's Asmat regency, is famous for its traditional wood carvings which have inspired artists the world over. Each year the Agats diocese organizes the Asmat Art Festival, attracting crowds of visitors to the area. The local tribe believes that the spirit of the Asmat descendants, rich in art, still lives in the trees as well as along the shores. The Agats diocese has been instrumental in preserving and promoting the local art for the past 25 years, such as staging the Festival which has always attracted world-wide attention. Foreign and domestic visitors, as well as art enthusiasts, always find time to attend the event which was held this year from Oct. 8 to Oct. 11. Among the distinguished guests was the Vatican Ambassador to Indonesia Mgr. Leopoldo Girelli, who arrived on Oct. 11 to see first hand the works of the traditional carvers tha...