Participants of the Jember Fashion Carnival 2017. Some participants will also take part in the upcoming Pesona Parahyangan Carnival on Aug. 26, 2017. (Shutterstock/Hendropranyoto)

If you haven’t had any plans for this weekend, just go to Bandung and witness the carnival’s festivities!

  23 August 2017 16:35

"Charm of Parahyangan" Carnival, the climax for 72nd Anniversary of Indonesia's Independence Day commemoration is set to be held in Bandung, West Java, on Aug. 26, 2017 carrying the theme "Light the Flame in the Spirit of Cooperation".

The event involves more than 1,200 participants ranging from artists and youth communities in West Java, as well as representatives from other Indonesia's internationally-acclaimed festivals, including Jember Fashion Carnaval, Solo Batik Carnival and Tomohon International Flower Festival.

The carnival would be a folk's fiesta showcasing a parade that represents Indonesia's cultural wealth, according to Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.

"Bandung is reputable as a creative and cultural city, the selection of the city as a venue would further strengthen Bandung's position as a center of creative industries and world-class carnival destinations," said Arief on Tuesday through a press statement.

Aat Suratin, the chief of production team, revealed that the festival would be a platform to perform numerous cultural expressions.

"All participants of the carnival, both traditional and contemporary will express creative works referring from the main theme of the carnival," said Aat.   

President Joko Widodo along with First Lady Iriana are scheduled to attend and take part in the carnival in a beautifully decorated presidential carriage, Kereta Pancasila (Pancasila Carriage).

Commencing from the Simpang Lima intersection, the parade will pass the Asia-Afrika Road to the Savoy Homann Hotel and the Merdeka Building and end at the city square of Bandung.  

The event will also be highlighted by artistic presentations of traditional arts Sumedang's Kuda Renggong (Dancing Horses), Sisingaan (Sundanese Lion Dance), Reog Ponorogo and another performance by rebana musicians, Museum Kid Care Community, Asia Africa Students Community, Dangiang Galuh Pakuan Ancient Art Community, League of Veterans of the Republic Indonesia (LVRI) and many more.



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