Having successfully staged the spectacular Independence Day Carnival last August, the magnificent Lake Toba in North Sumatra will continue its festivities by holding the exciting Lake Toba Festival on 9th to 12th September 2016. This year, this annual festival will be centered at Muara, in the North Tapanuli Regency.
Lake Toba Festival will cover comprehensive activities from music, arts and crafts, traditional sports competitions, a tourism seminar, to exhibitions. Among diverse activities of the festival are: the Decorated Floats Parade themed 'Ulos', 4 Puak Colossal Dance, Lake Toba Caldera Geopark, 5K Cross country Run, Folk Swimming Competition, Solu Dragon Boat Competition, Mocak and Tor-tor Tumba Dance, Ucok Butet Geopark Caldera , Toba Beauty Pageant, and more. The festival will also feature art performances from the regencies around Lake Toba including from Sibolga, Batubara, Dairi, Karo, Samosir, Toba Samosir, Padang Lawas, and North Tapanuli.
Lake Toba Festival 2016 is scheduled to be officially opened by the Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya.
Created through the explosion of an ancient super volcano, the huge lake is known for its stunning natural beauty and rich traditions. The area is considered to be the birthplace of the Batak — the indigenous ethnic group of North Sumatra.
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