The Jakarta Post
The mesmerizing view of Lake Sentani in Jayapura, Papua. (Shutterstock/File)
Papua is set to hold Keerom Cultural Festival (FBK) from August 2 to 4 at the Swakarsa soccer field, Asyaman village.
Themed “Bangsa Yang Bermartabat Adalah Bangsa Berbudaya Pesona Indonesia Pesona Keerom” (A Dignified Nation is a Cultural Nation of Indonesian Charm, Keerom Charm), the festival will showcase the original culture of Papua among other attractions.
“Those who want to see the beauty of Papua and its unique culture, please come to Keerom, Papua. This event also targets the neighboring country Papua New Guinea,” said tourism ministry's archipelago marketing development deputy Esthy Reko Astuti.
Esthy added that this year is the fourth anniversary of the festival. The event will be the medium for artists, even the upcoming ones, to channel their creativity.
“Keerom regency has 19 ethnicities and tribes. It is very rich in culture thus needs to be presented on a huge-scale art event,” Esthy added.
Traditional dances that will be showcased at the event are non-sacred dances or creative dances that are still being preserved up to this day. All dance studios in the regency have been invited to participate. Celebrated Papuan singer, Edo Kondologit, will also be performing in the Kerom Cultural Festival.
The event will also showcase a dance performance from Papua New Guinea. The neighboring country will send eight cultural studios consisting of 348 participants. (asw)