Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - Themed "Love, Peace, and Harmony," the Lake Sentani Festival 2011 (FDS 2011) next June 19-23 will feature various art and cultural activities and attractions.

FDS 2011 organizing committee chairperson Anna Sawae said here over the weekend that the annual event held for the first time in 2008 would be enlivened by a variety of both local and national cultural activities.

"The Lake Sentani Festival this year will be the fourth and certainly we have to make better preparations to make the event a great success and to give the best possible service to the visitors," Anna said.

According to her, the Lake Sentani Festival would be highlighted by various activities such as cultural performances, a cultural exhibition, economic products exhibition, local typical culinary exhibition, tours, water sports competitions, and cultural seminars.

Anna said that traditional dances, colossal attraction of flute and drum, and folk songs would be introduced for five consecutive days during the festival.

While in the cultural exhibition, the cultural items from Papua ethnic community in Tabi, sculptures, paintings, literature, and history with their documentary films would be displayed.

"Besides, there will be typical culinary exhibition and various water sports competition for the visitors because in principle we want to give them our best possible services during the festival this time," Anna said.

To last from June 19-23, 2011, Lake Sentani Festival this year will be centered at Kalkhote tourist resort near Lake Sentani in Jayapura district.

Meanwhile, Jayapura district head Habel Melkias Suwae said the festival was themed "Love, Peace and Harmony" as an expression of the local community`s cultural identity.

Therefore Habel expressed hope that all parties in the land of Papua would participate in making the best possible preparation for the success of such a great event.

Editor: Priyambodo RH
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