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Indigenous people of Dayak reside in one beautiful and rich biodiversity island in Indonesia, called Borneo, also known as the lungs of the world. Indonesia’s third-largest province, Central Kalimantan, is located on this island. There are 13 districts and one single town: its capital Palangkaraya. Each Dayak district has its own language, and there are more than 15-20 Dayak languages, with the majority of Central Kalimantan speaking Dayak Ngaju.
IsenMulang Festival is a special annual event celebrated for the past eight years in the month of May. Held in Palangkaraya, the festival showcases the Dayak culture of Central Kalimantan; it also comprises a series of competitions (music, dancing, sports, and traditional games). IsenMulang (Isen = Abstinence, Mulang = Surrender) means ‘never give up and strive to achieve’. The festival fosters the spirit of Dayak citizens: to unite, build together, tolerate, and embrace human dignity.
Thousands of Dayak males and females from the forests and inland villages, both young and old, participated and represented their districts and hometowns in a National Carnival traditional parade, held mainly in the center of this small town. This festival is considered as one significant traditional attraction for the tourism sector, bringing people to travel and experience ecotourism activities.
Due to Covid-19 pandemic, it is unfortunate that IsenMulang 2020 festival is canceled.
The pandemic has not only negatively impacted human health, but also the social and economic areas. Many people become jobless and lose their sources of income, especially those communities, including local artists, whose earnings largely depend on the tourism sector; the loss of income is up to 70%.
Therefore, during the #stayathome order, Palangkaraya community would live up the fire of IsenMulang; never give up, and strive to create new initiatives for those in need within the community. With the spirit of unity and hope, local artists, dancers, and local tourist guides have collaborated to hold Mini Dayak Festival of Central Kalimantan 2020, a virtual experience series (5 episodes) presented through Youtube and Facebook, starting June 13th, 2020 (Premiere).
We invite you to help reduce the burden of our beloved Palangkaraya community through donations. The fund obtained will be utilized as below:
– 50% of the funds raised will be distributed to the local artists (there are 40 local artists);
– 50% will be used to provide foods (Sembako) for 100 people in 14 communities.
Welcome to the virtual mini Dayak Festival 2020!
Please join us to help the community that we love and share the Festival to your connection, give hashtag #minidayakfest2020 #dayaknevergiveup and enjoy your virtual Dayak festival experience!