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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The Erau Traditional Festival 2015 this year will be held alongside the International Folk & Art Festival (EIFAF) 2015on 6th to 14th June 2015, and takes place at Tenggarong, Kutai Kertanegara Regency, East Kalimantan Province.

This special cultural fiesta will feature 30 traditional art groups from Kutai Kertanegara itself besides delegations from 17 countries, namely: Bulgaria, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia, Germany, Poland, Italy, Russia, Egypt, South Africa, Malaysia, the Philippines, Turkey, South Korea, Venezuela, and USA.

On 6th June, the festival will commence with a cultural parade involving troupes from Kutai Kartanegara itself and delegations from other countries. The parade will take place on the main streets of Tenggarong for along 2 Km. The opening ceremony of the Erau Festival itself will be held on 7th June at 09:00 Central Indonesia Time at the Kutai Palace, while the opening of EIFAF 2015 will take place at 10:00 Central Indonesia Time at the Rondong Demang Stadium.

The two festivals will feature an array of unique traditional cultural performances from the region and all over the globe. This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy traditional Kutai and Dayak ethnic culture and various cultures from other parts of the world. The pinnacle at the close of both festivals will be highlighted with the tradition of "Mengulur Naga" and "Belimbur".

In the local Kutai language, the word Erau is derived from the word "Eroh" which means festive or joyful. This tradition of the Tenggarong's people has both sacred and entertainment connotations which involve the Kutai Sultanate royal family, the aristocrats and the general public.

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