The enchanting diversity of ethnicities and unique cultures in Central Kalimantan Province are annually showcased in the Isen Mulang Culture Festival. This year, the event will again take place on 18th to 24th May 2015 at Palangkaraya, its capital city, in conjunction with the celebration of the city's anniversary.
As always, the main highlight of the festival will be the carnival featuring thousands of participants from 14 towns and regencies in the Central Kalimantan Province, as well as fascinating attractions of traditional sport competitions that include the flaming soccer ball game, the "jukung-" traditional boat race , melamang, besei kambe, karungut, manyipet, menetek kayu, and more.
In the local language, "Isen Mulang" is simply translated as "Never Retreat", which is the motto of Palangkaraya City and a statement that illustrates the courage of its people. The festival itself is held annually to further promote the unique diverse cultures of the province and to inspire the youth and local artists to preserve and develop the arts for further generations.
The carnival will take place on the main streets around the city, when the streets of Palangkaraya will be filled with colorful traditional dances of the Dayak ethnic group wearing their fascinating traditional costumes and accessories.
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