Baliem Valley Festival 2016, West Papua

Explore the last frontier of Indonesia’s remote Papua Island, embark on a spectacular cultural journey and attend the Baliem Valley Festival scheduled to take place from 8th-10th August 2016. This year, the unique annual festival will be centered at the Wosilimo Village, Kurulu District, Jayawijaya Regency, Papua Province.

This is the one occasion when all the diverse tribes from the highlands of Wamena and the Baliem Valley such as the Dani, Lani, and the Yali congregate to celebrate their annual festival. This year the festival will be centered in the district of Jayawijaya. Located high in the Jayawijaya Mountains on the Indonesian side of the island of New Guinea, Baliem is a stunningly beautiful green valley long hidden beyond soaring hills.

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Highlight of the Festival is the mock tribal warfare held to maintain the agility and preparedness of the tribes to defend their villages.

The tribal war simulation is scheduled to be held during two days featuring about 26 groups of 30-50 warriors. These mock battles are accompanied by the Papuan traditional music of Pikon. Pikon is a musical instrument made of wood skin which produces sounds when blown. The sounds created produce soothing music. Not many people can play the instrument as it requires special skills.

Organized by the regency of Jayawijaya, the festival is aimed to introduce and preserve the values and culture of Baliem Valley’s traditional tribes. The Baliem Valley festival will be enhanced by various fascinating art and cultural performances, including traditional Papuan dances, pig racing, Puradan Rattan Spear Throwing, Sikoko Spear games, Papuan traditional musical performance, and many more.

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There will also be a special competition of Sege throwing and archery competition for foreign visitors as a sign of appreciation for their attendance. Visitor can also experience the true meaning of being a Papuan by wearing the traditional costumes of Koteka and have their skins blackened so they can also be part of the festivities.

About the festival:

Baliem Valley Festival has been significant over the years. It is an asset of the Central Papua, Indonesia. The fertile highland, the beautiful mountain views and the hospitality of the tribes living in this area attracts thousands of spectators. The festival will be held at Papua Wamena at the Wosilimo Village during the month of August. Baliem Valley Festival is a perfect get away to experience true and rich cultures plus the unforgettable experience of pig races, cooking contests and the all time tribal, music and dance presentations.

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To reach Baliem Valley fly to the town of Wamena via Jayapura then, a connecting flight to Wamena will take you to the heart of Baliem Valley within the very same day. There are regular flights available to Jayapura from Jakarta and Makassar.

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2 thoughts on “Baliem Valley Festival 2016, West Papua

  1. Claire Barbaret


    I would like to go to the Baliem valley festival in august. I travel alone but would be happy to join a group.
    What would be the dates and the price?

    Thank you

    Best regards


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