Festivals & Events

Traditional Boat Race

Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, every August 17 (or 18)

Traditional boat races are held at the Martapura river which runs through the city of Banjarmasin, to celebrate Indonesia's Independence Day on August 17. Sometimes though this event is held on August 18. Locally, this event is known as "Lomba perahu jukung tradisional". People from all over the region enter the contest with their colorful decorated boats. The race covers 1 km. along the river.

Malean Sampi

West Nusa Tenggara, August, 2000

A bull race in which the bulls wear a klotok ( a kind of bell ) as a necklet.

Munara Art and Culture Festival

Biak, Irian Jaya, August, 2000

This event is highlighted by traditional performances, art exhibition and, rowing competition.

Uyon-uyon Muryoraras

Yogyakarta, 1st August, 2000

Played from 10.30 am till 01.00pm at the Puro Pakualaman coinciding with the Wiyosan Dalem or birthday (Javanese Calendar) of Sri Paduka Paku Alam VIII.

Tanjung Karang Pusentasi Festival

Central Sulawesi, August 1-3, 2000

Cultural performance such as Traditional Dance and Music, traditional sailing boat, demonstration of the traditional weaving of the Donggala sarong.

Ramayana Ballet

Yogyakarta, 3-31 August, 2000

A traditional Javanese dance drama performed by 200 dancers based on the classic Hindu epic, the Ramayana. Held on the open aired stage at Prambanan during the full moon with the Hindu temples and the volcano Merapi as a backdrop. The whole sequence takes four nights and starts at 07.30 pm. The performances are:

The abduction of Shinta.

Hanoman Mission.

The Death of Kumbokarno and Shinta's Trial Purity.

Ketoprak Performances

Yogyakarta, August 7, 2000

Ketoprak is a Javanese traditional folk drama played by a cast of artists accompanied by the sound of the gamelan orchestra and the voice of a professional lady singer or "waranggono".
The Ketoprak plays episodes from the Indonesian long struggle for independence and from the lives and reigns of Indonesian rulers in the past. Staged at the RRI Nusantara 11 Auditorium, Jalan Gejayan, Yogyakarta from 08.00 till 12.00 pm.

Timor Festival

Dili, East Timor, September 30, 2000

Cultural festival from all the regencies in the whole island of Timor.

Aruh Ganal Suku Dayak

Loksado, South Kalimantan, September 2000

A thanksgiving ceremony held after harvesting, every night for a week, between July, August and September with a "Belian" spiritual dance, led by the chief of the village.

Contest of Nanang and Galuh Banjar

Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, September 2000

To celebrate the anniversary of Banjarmasin and to preserve the Banjar culture and tradition, a contest is held to select a Banjarese Nanag (Mr.) and Galuh (Miss.) together with art performances.

Renggong Horse Contest

Sumedang, West Java, September, 2000

Horse dances accompanied by the gamelan orchestra. The horses are judged for their skills, the jockeys, cleanliness and decoration.

Kerapan Sapi (Bull Race)

Sumenep, East Java, October 2000

This sport event was initially introduced by a Moslem missionary named Syeh Achmad Baidawi having a royal title of Prince Katandur. His tomb is located in the village of Bangkal. This event is, very popular among Maduranese people.

Derawan Island Festival

East Kalimantan, October 3-7, 2000

A traditional thanksgiving ceremony of the Bajau tribe on the island of Derawan. Prayers are offered up to God in the hope that their living will prosper in the coming years.

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