Some jovial events marked the opening of Lake Toba Festival 2013 last weekend in North Sumatra.
Among those who attended the festivities Tourism and Creative Economy Deputy Minister Sapta Nirwandar, Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa and North Sumatra Governor Gatot Pujo Nugroho.
The event is intended to bring more exposure to the lake which is one of the largest in the world, and shows the highlights of traditional and recreational activities in the region.
During the festival, held competitions including the World Drum Festival, a paragliding competition and a singing competition.
Apart from these competitions, the festival will also be an exhibition of traditional games and diverse heritage workshops.
Visitors have access to them all free.
The festival is held on the island of Samosir, the land mass in the middle of the lake, from September 8 to September 14
The festival was previously known as Pesta Lake Toba (Feast of Lake Toba), but changed its name to Lake Toba Festival as this time it is said to be larger in size and aims to strengthen its reputation as an annual international event.