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Gandrung dancers perform at the 2016 Gandung Sewu Festival at Boom Beach in Banyuwangi, East Java, on Sept. 17, 2016. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)
This month, 15 festivals and events with various themes, ranging from culture to sports, will take place across the country.
The following is a list of the festivals, which are included in this year's 100 Wonderful Indonesian Events Calendar, as reported by kompas.com.
1. Lake Kerinci Festival, Jambi
Held at Lake Kerinci in Kerinci regency, Jambi, the Lake Kerinci Festival will take place from Oct. 3 to 7. It will feature a cultural parade, large dances, culinary stands, art performances, and dance and limerick competitions. Residents and visitors are welcome to participate.
Lake Kerinci in Jambi (Shutterstock/Hendi Sujatmiko)
2. Kustom Fest, Yogyakarta
Kustom Fest, the biggest custom motorcycle exhibition and competition in Indonesia, will be held on Oct. 6 and 7 at the Jogja Expo Center, Yogyakarta.
3. Indonesia Art Mart, East Java
Indonesia Art Mart has been held annually for over a decade and it is the biggest meeting place for realist painters. The event will run from Oct. 12 to 21 at JX International Surabaya, with 200 painters participating.
4. Archipelago Palace Festival, East Java
The 11th installment of Archipelago Palace Festival (FKN) will take place in Sumenep, East Java, from Oct. 13 to 18. Forty-three kings and sultans across the country will attend the event, which will feature art and cultural performances.
5. The Wonders of Garut, West Java
Held from Oct. 14 to 18 in Garut, West Java, a region known for its cool climate and beautiful views, the Wonders of Garut is another event that will feature art and cultural performances.
6. Raja Ampat Festival, West Papua
Taking place at Waisai Torang Cinta in Raja Ampat, West Papua, from Oct. 18 to 21, Raja Ampat Festival will feature art performances and exhibitions, culinary stands and fun competitions.
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7. Sawahlunto International Music Festival, West Sumatra
World and traditional music lovers will enjoy Sawahlunto International Music Festival, which will present ethnic, contemporary and modern music performances, as well as discussions and workshops. Participants of previous iterations of the event came from the United States, Spain, Japan, Senegal, Ireland and Malaysia. Held in Sawahlunto, West Sumatra, the festival will run from Oct. 19 to 21.
8. Gandrung Sewu, East Java
A mass dance, Gandrung Sewu will take place in Banyuwangi, East Java, on Oct. 20. Performed by thousands of dancers, Gandrung Sewu is considered more than just a show as it also symbolizes the Dutch army during the Dutch colonial era.
9. Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Bali
Held from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3 in Ubud, Bali, the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival will bring together renowned international and Indonesian writers and poets such as Anuradha Roy, Hanif Kureishi, Sapardi Djoko Damono, Norman Erikson Pasaribu and Gratiagusti Chananya Rompas.
It is considered a platform for cross-cultural dialogue, and will include book launches, culinary workshops and poetry competitions.
10. Irau Malinau Cultural Festival, North Kalimantan
Irau Malinau Cultural Festival will present traditional dances and art performances from the Dayak Kenyah tribe on Oct. 26 in Malinau regency, North Kalimantan.
11. Nusa Dua Fiesta, Bali
Featuring art, culture, cuisine, sports and entertainment, Nusa Dua Fiesta will be held in Nusa Dua, Bali, from Oct. 26 to 28.
12. Likurai Timor Festival, East Nusa Tenggara
Held on Oct. 27 and 28 in Lukai, East Nusa Tenggara, the Likurai Timor Festival is a celebration of the war dances of Timor, especially in East Nusa Tenggara’s Belu.
13. Lake Sentarum Festival, West Kalimantan
Lake Sentarum Festival covers a wide range of events, such as cruises on Lake Sentarum, a traditional boat parade, an ethnic music event, an arowana fish competition, a cultural carnival and various culinary delights. It will take place at the Badau cross-border post (PLBN) in West Kalimantan from Oct. 27 to 29.
A view of Lake Sentarum National Park from the peak of Tekenang Hill in Selimbau district, Kapuas Hulu regency, West Kalimantan. (kompas.com/Yohanes Kurnia Irawan)
14. The Wonders of Madura, East Java
Held on Oct. 28 and 29 in Pamekasan, Madura, East Java, the Wonders of Madura will feature a traditional buffalo race, batik fashion show and cultural carnivals.
15. Jakarta Marathon, Jakarta
On Oct. 28, 16,000 runners from 50 countries will participate in the Jakarta Marathon. The event will be centered at the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta. (wng)
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