Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Palembang to host 2010 Kraton fest

The Palembang Darussalam sultanate had been chosen to host the 7th Kraton Nusantara Festival in 2010, beating Buton kingdom in Southeast Sulawesi, and Siak kingdom in Riau.

The decision was jointly made by 43 kings and sultans who participated in the 6th Kraton Nusantara Festival in Malino, Gowa regency, Andi Rimba Alam Pangerang, chairman of the organizing committee said here Tuesday.

by the decision, Palembang became the first city in Sumatera to host the biennial festival, as the previous ones were held in Java, Kalimantan and Sulawesi.

Meanwhile, Sultan Iskandar Mahmud Badaruddin of the Palembang sultanate welcomed the decision.

"We are ready to hold the event in associationwi with the local administration. We hope to hold a better festival than the previous on in Gowa which was also a success," he said.

The first Kraton Nusantara festival was held in Yogyakarta (1995), the second in Cirebon, West Java (1997), the third in Tenggarong, East Kalimantan (2002), the fourth in Yogyakarta (2004) and the fifth in Solo, Central Java (2006), and the sixth in Manilo, Gowa, in 2008.

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