The Governor of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat and the Vice Governor, Josef Nai Soi, have urged all 23 regencies in East Nusa Tenggara to come together to organize a cultural festival, which will bring the eyes of the world to NTT.
The idea is that the festival will act as a platform in which each district can highlight its own uniqueness and cultural heritage including traditions, religious festivals, dances, culinary, sports and art as well as the coveted heirloom, Ikat Tenun. The Governor also said that all Regents should work together to promote their own uniqueness to increase NTT’s potential for tourism.
He said this in lieu of the recent Nagekeo Seafood Festival which was held from June 14th to June 20th. It was the first ever seafood festival to be held in the region and was the vision of Nagekeo’s Regent Johanes Don Bosco Do with the theme “Bela Beli Nagekeo”.
The regent also stated that the entire objective of the festival is to highlight the tireless work of local fishermen who depend only on the traditional markets to sell their wares.
He also explained that the north and south Nagekeo are blessed with beautiful nature and culture, and are filled with abundant ocean resources that must be promoted as widely as possible.
Since first being elected as the regent of the district, Johanes and the vice regent of Nagekeo district have encouraged the local community, especially the younger generations, to improve their creativity and leadership through positive and productive activities.
At the festival, fishermen from Nangadhero village were recorded to have cooked up to 1000 fresh fish in total. Stalls by local residents filled the area, one of which offered locally produced chocolates from the village of Maunori. There were also cultural performances and talk shows.
The Maumere Navy played their part for the festival by cleaning up the surrounding areas together with the local community.
Article source: www.travel.kompas.com
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