The West Nusa Tenggara provincial government launched the fifth annual Tambora Festival in Jakarta on Monday. (Antara Photo/Ahmad Subaidi)

Tambora Festival Promises Lots of Excitement for Everyone


MARCH 29, 2019

Jakarta. Anyone who loves traveling, exploring different cultures and foods, or participating in sports activities in interesting settings, should seriously consider a visit to West Nusa Tenggara, where this year's Tambora Festival is currently under way.

The West Nusa Tenggara provincial government launched the fifth edition of the annual event in Jakarta on Monday. The festival, which takes place from March 29 to April 11, is held at the foot of the historical Mount Tambora on Sumbawa Island. The volcanic mountain is known globally for its devastating eruption in 1815, which killed an estimated 71,000 people and reduced its height by about a third to 2,850 meters above sea level. The last eruption occurred in 1967 and the volcano is still active.

What to Expect

The festival aims to boost the local economy by highlighting the local culture and products of West Nusa Tenggara.

The Doro Ncanga area in Dompu district will be the main venue for the peak day of the 2019 Tambora Festival on April 11.

The attractions will include traditional dances and arts, a culinary exhibition, a parachute display and other outdoor activities, including horseracing from March 31 to April 10, a color run on April 6, a trail adventure on April 8 and more. A cultural parade and national record attempt for the most boiled corn will take place on April 3. 

West Sumbawa district will present the Kenawa Festival on April 13-14, while Bima town will host several events, including the Lawata Festival, featuring a decorative boat contest and extreme sports event, on April 6-8, and a triathlon on April 8.

Bima district will organize Teka Tambora, which involves climbing Mount Tambora, on April 7-11, a bike tour on March 29-30, and a sailboat parade.

'Domino Effect'

Lalu Moh Faozal, head of the West Nusa Tenggara provincial tourism department, expressed hope that this year's event will help to improve the economy and create opportunities for local communities.

"We hope there will be a domino effect from tourism during this event, such as improving of local economy, by boosting the development of the creative economy, for the people living around Mount Tambora," he said during the launch event in Jakarta, attended by central and provincial government officials, foreign representatives and members of the business community.