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Wolobobo Festival promotes Ngada through coffee, weaving and bamboo

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Jakarta, IO – The Wolobobo Festival was successfully held again in Ngada regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) for three days until June 30. This festival carries the theme ‘Coffee, Weaving and Bamboo’, aiming to showcase Ngada’s natural and cultural wealth while promoting the region’s tourism sector.

This festival is one of the Karisma Event Nusantara (KEN) 2023 agenda conceived by the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry (Kemenparekraf). The regency itself has long been known for its agro and national heritage.

“The 2023 Wolobobo Ngada Festival is part of a tourism development strategy in Ngada regency,” said Ngada regent Andreas Paru, per Kompas Travel, Saturday (1/7).

According to Andreas, Ngada has a fairly large community of coffee farmers. About 3 of the 12 districts in Ngada are coffee producers. Apart from coffee, bamboo is also a great potential with around 30 million stems produced annually.

There are also three ethnic groups known for their weaving skills, namely Bajawa, Soa and Riung. This has great potential to spur local economy.

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Meanwhile, Labuan Bajo Flores Authority director Shana Fatina said the festival deserved to become a signature event of Ngada regency.

“An annual event like this will attract foreign and domestic tourists to visit Ngada,” said Shana.

The festival features a variety of interesting attractions located in three places, namely Wolobobo Botanical Garden, Turetogo Bamboo Campus, and Bamboo Market & Cultural Camp. (bp)

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