STARTING from today, the people of Central Java and surrounding areas can watch the ‘Karimunjawa Festival’ which will take place from 25 to 30 September 2018.
Karimunjawa festival is the first event held to complete an event that has been routinely held such as the commemoration (Haul) of Sunan Nyamplungan and Barikan Kubro which is a tradition of Karimunjawa every time before Suro Month in the Javanese calendar system.
Head of marketing of the Central Java Sports and Tourism Youth Service, Alamsyah said it would provide support for developing tourism events, especially in Central Java so that they could enter the international scale.
“In this festival we collaborate with the Jepara City Government and the Karimunjawa Community,” Alamsyah said at the Press Conference at Banaran Resto Semarang, Tuesday (09/25/2018).
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He said that up to now the tourist potential in Karimunjawa has been many. “We hope that both from the surrounding community and overseas will enliven the event,” he said.
According to 2017 data, Karimunjawa ranks as the second natural tourist attraction favored by foreign tourists, namely the first Dieng Plateau, second Karimunjawa, Punthuk Setumbu, Kartini Beach, Sikunir Peak, Merapi, Merbabu, Bandungan and Mount Lawu.
As for a series of events held during the Karimunjawa Festival, on Tuesday (25/9) Sapta Pesona’s Action, on Wednesday (26/9) Wayang Kulit Performance, on Thursday (27/9) will be held a superior product expo and culinary festival, work shop and ornamental boat competitions, tourism workshops, dances and music, as wellperform the Andromeda band.On Friday (28/9) there was Maumere gymnastics, singing competition, Karimunjawa 2018 product expo, blogger and photography competition, “Goes to Sail 2018” workshop, National fishing competition, Barongan reog, and Karimunjawa swaying. for Saturday (29/9) there will be a final singing, gala dinner, egreg pesisiran dance (Governor’s welcome dance), declaration of the Karimunjawa Festival, CongRock-Reagee beach.
And on Sunday (30/9) will be enlivened with campursari, walking fun beach Karimunjawa, Javanese comedy, and door prize distribution. “For those who have photographer and blogger skills, we will accommodate them,” said Alamsyah.
The plan for the Karimunjawa Festival will be opened directly by the Governor of Central Java, Ganjar Pranowo. “The launching of the Karimunjawa Festival is our breakthrough to increase the attractiveness of tourists,” he said.
The event with the theme “The Hidden Paradise of Culture & Natural” is predicted to be able to attract 15 thousand visitors. “We are targeting 15 thousand visitors to enliven the 2018 Karimunjawa Festival,” he said.
According to him, 15 thousand visitors consisted of 10 thousand domestic and 5 thousand from abroad. With the holding of the Karimunjawa Festival, it is expected that ships that used to operate rarely can operate regularly and smoothly. (beritaeskpres)
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