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Papua's Baliem Valley festival celebrates 30th edition

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, August 13, 2019  /  03:52 pm
Papua's Baliem Valley festival celebrates 30th edition

Traditional houses in Baliem Valley, Wamena, Papua. (Shutterstock/-)

The 2019 Baliem Valley Cultural Festival (FBLB) showcased various art and cultural attractions during its 30th installment in Wamena city, Jayawijaya regency, Papua province, on Aug. 7-10.

Among its list of programs were a theatrical war performance, traditional dances, body painting, music performances featuring local artists Pikon and Witawo and a traditional cooking show using the bakar batu (stone burning) technique.

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Prior to opening day, the regency administration held a dinner reception on Aug. 6 at Aithousa Bethelem Building in Wamena that highlighted the region’s signature cuisine as well as local dances and a Noken fashion show.

According to a statement, the oldest festival in Papua will also conduct a flag-raising ceremony on Aug. 17 to celebrate Indonesia's 74th Independence Day. (ran/kes)