On Monday, 5th of March, 2018 Komodo Festival 2018 was officially opened located at the Football Field o Kampung Ujung West Manggarai, Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). The event is organised by the West Manggarai Regency, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara and has been taking place from 5th to 10th of March 2018. The lively event showcases various art and cultural attractions of Manggarai.
The traditional Caci Dance, a ritual whip fight, is a major element of the Manggarai cultural identity. A unique delight for spectators, Caci performances are an attraction to foreign as well as domestic visitors. Caci is played out by two male adversaries, with one of them usually coming from another village to compete. Spectators support their favourite party by cheerfully shouting out their encouragement, making it a very lively event. Caci equipment, consists of a whip, a shield, masks, and sticks, bursts with symbolism: the aggressor’s whip is made out of rattan, with a leather-covered handle. It symbolises the masculine, the phallic element, the father, and the sky. The defender’s round shield represents the female, the womb, and the earth. It is usually made out of bamboo, rattan, and covered with buffalo hide. For Manggarai men, this dance proves their virility, both in terms of courage and dexterity.
Sudamala Resorts is fortunate to be a part of this festival. Mr. Ben Subrata, the founder of Sudamala Resorts, did not hesitate to enliven the performance of Caci Dance by performing dance scenes along with the entertainers. Some of Seraya Resort and Bajo Komodo Eco Lodge’s hotel guests and employees were also invited to the festival. Sudamala Resorts are proud to participate in an event preserving the Manggarai culture and traditions.
Bringing a true passion for hospitality and an extraordinary respect for local cultures, PT Griya Usaha is proud to own and operate five bespoke boutique resorts in east Indonesia: in Bali Sudamala Suites and Villas, Sanur, Bali & Amed Lodge by Sudamala (previously Pondok Laut), in Lombok; Sudamala Suites and Villas, Senggigi, and in Flores; Seraya Resort and Bajo Komodo Eco Lodge (soon Sudamala Labuan Bajo). All Sudamala properties are committed to reflect and respect the local culture, and we invite all our guests to partake in this worthy pledge.