In any other evening, Tutup Ngisor village at the foot of Mount Merapi in Magelang, Central Java, is blanketed in tranquility and thick, cool mist.
Not tonight, however. The usually quiet locale is bursting with excitement as residents played traditional gamelan percussions, the sounds of which echoed throughout the surrounding hills and forests.
It was a special evening. It marked the start of the 18th Five Mountains Festival, an annual series of festivities that showcases art and culture initiated by local farmers.
This year’s festival emphasizes the theme of Gunung Lumbung Budaya, a notion that champions national identity as it is forged from many disparate cultures and values.