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Monday, 26 June 2017

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Nearing the end of the year, on 10th December 2016 the Ministry of Tourism will again hold the Crossborder Festival at Atambua on Timor island, directly bordering neighboring Timor Leste.

Set to take place in the capital of Belu Regency in the East Nusatenggara province, this Atambua Festival will be the finale to a series of Crossborder festivals already held here during 2016.

The festival will feature a fabulous musical concert, a collaboration between artists from both indonesia and Timor Leste. Among some names decorating the lineup are Indonesia's prominent rock Band Jamrud, Kupang's own artists H2K, as well as famous musicians from Atambua. Aside from pop music, the festival will also highlight traditional music and traditional dance performances from both countries.

Deputy for International Marketing of the Ministry of Tourism, I Gede Pitana, commented that such festivals have been staged each month since May this year which has significantly impacted on the growing number of tourists from Timor Leste each month. Pitana added that the event is aimed to further promote Indonesian Tourism as well as invite people from Timor Leste to come to Indonesia just across the border. "The Cross border Festival has proven to boost friendship between our two nations while increasing international tourists, especially at the Mota'ain (Timor Leste) border with Indonesia" said Pitana.

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