Jakarta – Jayawijaya Regency, Papua every year always routinely holds a cultural festival called the Baliem Valley Cultural Festival (FBLB). For this year, FBLB itself is 30 years old and has become one of the oldest cultural festivals in Papua.
For this year, the Jayawijaya Regency Government plans to hold the event on 7 – 11 August 2019 or a few days ahead of the 74th Indonesian Independence Day. The Jayawijaya Regency Government plans to hold several Papuan cultural, culinary and art festivals which are the promotion of Papua in order to become a popular destination in Indonesia that must be visited by local and foreign tourists.
Jayawijaya Regent, Jhon R Banua, said that the festival will also be visited by several tourist destinations as an effort to introduce Papua in general and Jayawijaya Regency which is famous for several tribes such as the Dani and several other tribes.
The tourism contribution to the economic progress of the people in Papua, especially Jayawijaya, was acknowledged by Regent John R Banua, which was quite large.
“The contribution of Festival activities like this is certainly great for the people there. Because with the event, the economy of the community is elevated. They can provide shelter, their handicrafts can also be known as selling commodities that bring economic value to the community, with the existence of cultural festivals like this, the people also love their culture, arts and cuisine. And from this activity the traditions of the people there can also be maintained and still preserved, “said the Regent.
FBLB will also present the archipelago cultural carnival which will be paraded by students from kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school to higher education institutions and art groups. In addition there will be paragliding activities, the night market festival market , and a colossal dance parade that tells the story of the Dani tribe as a World Heritage.
Then there will be a record breaking of making 30 meters of Noken Giant (a typical bag of Papuan people) which will record the Indonesian Record Museum (MURI). Where this record-breaking is the second MURI record-breaking after last year’s MURI record-breaking, the biggest and biggest spear.