You will witness authentic traditional rituals and ceremonies, a colourful parade around the city, plus traditional games and competitions including blow pipe shooting, traditional top spinning, tattoo carving, shield painting, beading, and weaving. One of the highlights is pig catching! The pigs are actually smeared in oil.
This is a Cultural Tour, however you have the benefit of a professional photographer leading the tour, which means a selection of professional images of the tour highlights at the end of the tour will be gifted to you.
The festival also features traditional handicraft on display, many beautiful Dayak costumes, a fashion competition and a beauty pageant.
There will be more than 150 Dayak tribes from West Kalimantan represented, as well as Dayak dance groups from Sarawak, Sabah (Malaysia) and Brunei.
Every night traditional dancing is held on the main stage. This is a dazzling display of colour, and features many different kinds of spectacular dance and visionary performances. This is a rare opportunity to see so many Dayak tribes together in one place.
The men will be adorned in peacock and hornbill (sacred bird of the Dayak) feathers, monkey skulls, pig horns, shields and swords and other ornaments, many passed down from their ancestors.
Dayak woman have a reputation as the most beautiful in all of Indonesia and are very talented dancers.
We will be traveling as a group in an air-conditioned van, with two local guides who have extensive knowledge of the Dayak culture and history of the area. Accommodation is in a comfortable 4-star hotel. The local food is a mix of Chinese and Dayak fare, and I am sure you will be more than happy with the delicious menu choices.
Direct flights are available from Jakarta (1 hour) and Singapore, and other major cities in Indonesia.
This amazing cultural tour begins in Pontianak on May 19 and finishes May 24.
Ten percent of your tour fees will be donated to projects in Kalimantan supported by David Metcalf