Numerous traditional and modern art performances jazzed up the third Lake Batur Festival (FDB). Such annual art event was not only able to provide refreshing entertainment, but also to serve as a promotional event. As evidence, the FDB held over three days (Sep 20-22) at Kedisan Pier, Kintamani, was thronged by tourists. The visiting tourists did not only serve as spectators. Some got involved with the village community at the area of Wingkang Ranu, regional working units (SKPD), students, artisans and the general public. The event posing the collaboration of the Bangli government with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy was commenced by organizing a tourism workshop held at the Batur Volcano Museum.
After opened by the Head of the Tourism Resource Development, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Prof. I Gede Pitana, marked by beating a kulkul (wooden split drum) and handover of bamboo craft gift by Regent of Bangli I Made Gianyar, Saturday (Sep 21), the event was graced with a variety of contests. Some of them were the bleganjur, gebogan, penjor arrangement, photography contest and entertainment by the performance of Calonarang. The Lake Batur Festival was also jazzed up with musical entertainment, bondres gag and Balinese pop songs.
Meanwhile, the exhibition of handicraft products coordinated by the Dekranasda was filled by the Industry and Trade Agency, Health Office, Livestock and Inland Fisheries Agency and the P3 Agency of Bangli. The last day was filled with activities such as fishing competition, fun bike, entertainment as well as the closure of Lake Batur Festival 2013. Prof. Pitana said the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy always supported all the festivals becoming the series of tourism promotion, including the FDB in Kintamani. “The festival aims to promote Kintamani Bangli as an icon of special interest tourist destination (trekking) as well as the major tourist attraction for natural, cultural and historical tourist destination,” he said.
The festival activities were expected to promote the glory of Kintamani tourism having the lake, mountain as well as the ancient and incredible Trunyan village. Moreover, the caldera region had also gained an international recognition as one of the Geoparks under the UNESCO. Meanwhile, the Regent of Bangli, Made Gianyar, on that occasion said the FDB designed by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism having changed into the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy would be continued and became an annual event to be constantly improved. “As committed, the FDB will not be stopped. Whoever the minister would be, the positive policy to hold the FDB could still be implemented. Likewise, if the governor and the regent change, hopefully the FDB can go on reaching perfection in line with the expectations,” said the Regent Gianyar. Implementation of the FDB was a part of the Batur Geopark assessment in terms of the economic, cultural and educational aspect. The entire community was expected to provide inputs and make improvements toward the Batur Caldera Geopark and Kintamani tourism. (BTN/015)