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Lake Toba Festival 2015: Music, Sport and Culture

The spectacular Lake Toba in North Sumatra will again be highlighted with festivities this year as the annual Lake Toba Festival is set to take place from 19 to 22 November 2015 in Berastagi with Mt. Sinabung as bacground.

The festival aims to boost North Sumatra’s most famous tourist destination onto the world stage to attract more visitors and help increase Lake Toba’s popularity as a world-class geopark and tourist destination.

Lake Toba Festival will feature a variety of cultural and art performances as well as sports tourism activities such as the Ulos (specific hand-woven cloths of the Batak region) Carnival, the Geopark Carnival and Solu Bolon (royal boat) races. In arts, there will be a Batak singing competition and a photography competition. The Batak are famous for their beautiful and powerful voices. Other Indonesian artists will also present a fashion show, seminars and music performances.

Aiming to attract at least 2,000 visitors during the festival, Lake Toba’s visitors will be presented with some of the most fascinating cultural features of the Batak ethnic group living around Lake Toba and the stunning Samosir Island such as the Tortor Dance and the intricate art of Ulos weaving.

As a tourist destination, the government together with investors and tourism stakeholders will revitalize the Lake Toba tourist area in tandem with developing 9 other regions in Indonesia that are aimed to grow into world-class destinations.

Created through the mega eruption of an ancient super volcano, huge lake Toba is known for its stunning natural beauty and rich traditions. The area is the birthplace of the Batak — the indigenous people of North Sumatra.

Lake Toba is one of the most fascinating natural wonders of the world. Measuring over 1,145 square kilometers with a depth of 450 meters, Lake Toba is acknowledged as the largest lake in Southeast Asia and one of the deepest lakes in the world. Scientists have concluded that Lake Toba, which is a crater lake, was in fact created by one of the ancient earth’s mega explosions of a super volcano. Many scientists believe that the event plunged the planet into a 6-to-10-years of volcanic winter.

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