The annual Krakatau Festival, the prime event of the province of Lampung will take place from 6 to 13 October 2012, and held in conjunction with the 18th Tourism Indonesia Mart & Expo (TIME).
Krakatau Festival will feature a wide range of traditional art and cultural displays such as an Indonesian cultural parade, traditional dances, Lampung culinary bazaar, and to top it all is a tour to the historic Krakatau Volcanic Islands.
Participated by all regencies and cities within the province of Lampung,the festival was preceded by the Lampung Fair held from early May to June 2012 and a series of events such as traditional Pop Song competition (20 June 2012), Traditional dance Creation Competition (23 June 2012) and the Muli Mekhanai Pageant 2012 in early July.
As pinnacle of the Festival, participants will be taken to the remnants of one of the most well known volcanoes in history, Mount Krakatau. After its catastrophic eruption in 1883, where once stood the mighty Krakatau volcano, today only a number of idyllic small tropical islands are left in the Sunda Straits located between the islands of Java and Sumatra.
These are the Krakatau islands which comprise Rakata or Krakatau Besar (Large Krakatau), Panjang or Krakatau Kecil (Small Krakatau), Sertung and the Anak Krakatau (The child of Krakatau). While the islands of Rakata, Sertung and Panjang are remnants of the ancient Mount Krakatau, Anak Krakatau is an active volcano that surfaced only in 1927 and incredibly, still continues to grow as a result of volcanic activities below.
As the site of one of the most catastrophic natural disasters in the world, the Krakatau Islands are considered today as a massive natural laboratory. Encompassing a total area of 13.735,10 hectares, they comprise 11.200 hectares of marine reserves and 2,535.10 hectares of land reserves, the Krakatau Islands bear considerable importance to scientists in Geology, Biology and volcanology. For general visitors, nonetheless, the sheer view and incredible history of volcanic activities of the islands are surely something worth travelling for.
More information available at:
The Office of Culture and Tourism of Lampung Province
Dinas Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata Provinsi Lampung
Jl. Jenderal Sudirman No. 29 Bandar Lampung
Telp: (0721) 261430
Fax: (0721) 266184
Sumber : Indonesia Travel