What’s On August
Dieng Culture Festival, Java, August 2 – 4
This annual three-day programme presents various art and cultural displays, with a highlight being the ritual of cutting the dreadlocks of the Dieng children. This unique ritual is carried out according to the wishes of the child, and parents must fulfil a number of their requests. The Dieng community believes that the demands from the dreadlocked children are the wishes of supernatural beings, so they must be obeyed. Other events include the Dolanan Children’s Festival, the shadow puppet show, the Dieng Film Festival, the exhibition of local crafts, lantern and firework parties, and musical performances of Jazz di Atas Awan.
Buleleng Festival, Bali, August 2 – 6
Known as Bulfest, this city festival is held in several places, namely at Singa Ambararaja Monument, Jembatan Tua Pelabuhan, Puri Kanginan and Sasana Budaya. The festival begins with a spectacular Baleganjur parade by around 500 traditional percussionists. There will also be cultural performances by artists, collaborations of Bondres and Genjek, Ramayana ballet, Gong Kebyar, Janger Menyali dance, and rock music shows.
Westlife – The Twenty Tour 2019 Concert, Jakarta
The Irish boy band will charm fans at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition building, BSD City, South Tangerang, as part of their reunion tour, marking their return after a seven-year hiatus and celebrating 20 years of hits.
Lembah Baliem Festival, Papua, August 7 – 10
A re-enactment of war between the Dani, Lani and Yali peoples has been carried out for more than 30 years. Held in the Walesi district, Wamena, Papua, this festival usually begins with a dramatic kidnapping, murder or farm invasion as a trigger for the outbreak of hostilities. This unique festival also features dances, traditional music and a night market. In addition, there will be an Indonesian World Records Museum (MURI) event to make giant (woven) noken bags.