Indonesia Festival Unfurls Umbrellas

Kusumasari Ayuningtyas
Solo, Indonesia

Signs point to the cities and nations participating in the 2016 Indonesia Umbrella Festival. (Kusumasari Ayuningtyas/BenarNews)


Staff members prepare for the opening ceremony at Balekambang Park, Solo, Central Java, Sept. 23, 2016. (Kusumasari Ayuningtyas/BenarNews)


An umbrella maker adds final touches to an umbrella. (Kusumasari Ayuningtyas/BenarNews)


Women participate in an umbrella-making workshop. (Kusumasari Ayuningtyas/BenarNews)


Knitted umbrellas are displayed. (Kusumasari Ayuningtyas/BenarNews)


Festival goers pass under an aerial display of umbrellas. (Kusumasari Ayuningtyas/BenarNews)


Visitors pose in front of an umbrella-themed mural. (Kusumasari Ayuningtyas/BenarNews)


Local performers present a traditional show. (Kusumasari Ayuningtyas/BenarNews)


Girls pose for a selfie beneath hanging umbrellas. (Kusumasari Ayuningtyas/BenarNews)


Mexican performers entertain festival visitors in Solo, Sept. 24, 2016. (Kusumasari Ayuningtyas/BenarNews)

The third Indonesia Umbrella Festival drew tens of thousands of visitors to the city of Solo, in Central Java, from Sept. 23 to Sept. 25.

The goal of the festival, hosted by the city also known as Surakarta, is to preserve traditional Indonesian umbrellas. Other areas in Indonesia that have their own unique traditional umbrellas were invited to participate.

This year, 16 Indonesian cities from Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi and Bali were joined by representatives from Japan, Thailand, Brunei, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Germany.

Thousands of umbrellas were displayed in each corner of Taman Balekambang, which once was the royal park of the Javanese monarchy in the heart of the city.


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