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Traditional Dances

To see or to learn traditional dances and music of Minahasa performances, and other regions within North Sulawesi province, you can visit Manado cultural center (see Places of Interest, on the left).

There are numbers of Minahasan traditional dances ("Tari"). Listed below are a few of them.


This traditional dance of Minahasa, as well as some other parts of eastern Indonesia, is usually performed by 30 people or more. In the past, this dance was performed before going to a war.

Kabasaran dance consists of three parts: Cakalele, Lumoyak and Lalaya'an. Today, this war dance is usually performed to welcome local, domestic, or international guests, and also during regional events in North Sulawesi. In Tomohon, there is a group of Kabasaran dancers called "Tumou Tou Lestari".

Dancers were performing, picture above, during the Tohomon Flower Festival in Tomohon. See below for the flower festival details.

Watch Kabasaran performance:


It is a newly created dance that describes the association of young people in Minahasa, especially in selecting their soul-mates to get a bright future.

Watch Lenso performance:


Maengket dance is one of traditional arts from Minahasa, which combines two arts, dancing and singing. This dance is usually performed by 20 to 30 people.

Maengket consists of three parts. Each part shows the traditional Minahasa ceremony in the ancient time. The first part: Maowey Kamberu or the harvest ceremony. The second part: Marambak or the house warming ceremony and the last part: Lalaya'an that tells how young men try to propose to girls during the harvest time.

Watch Maengket performance:


Tumetenden dance, a local traditional dance that is based on a myth from Minahasan legend, tells about a love story between a man named Mamanua, and Lumalundung, a nymph who descended from the world of gods with another 8 fairies, who often go to the earth to take a shower in Tumetenden. Mamanua, who lived not far from the shower area, stole Lumalundung's clothes to block her from going back to heaven. They eventually fell in love and got married.

Watch Tumetenden performance:


Similar to Maengket, Maramba is performed to celebrate something, such as house warming. Usually "half-drunk" people line-up together, sing traditional songs, and dance around the new house.

Pisok Dance

This dance tells about the harmonious life of Minahasan people, energetic, and having a spirit to work hand-in-hand, reflected in the Pisok dance.

Watch Pisok performance:

Traditional Music


This is traditional music from North Sulawesi, made from instruments of wood and usually performed by about six players.

Kolintang is one of the most common and famous traditional music of Minahasa, and you will probably hear or see it more than the other traditional music of North Sulawesi.

Watch Kolintang performance:

Bamboo Music

Annual contests are usually held at a regional level in Minahasa to keep this form of art alive. Instruments played are: flutes, saxophone, clarinet, korno, bas, drums, and so on. Usually these bamboo musical instruments are played by a group of 45 to 50 people wearing traditional clothes.

In some groups, some people are capable of playing a different kind of instrument. Recently, some groups of Bamboo Music also play contemporary and pop songs.

Places To Watch Traditional Performances

Listed below are places where you can see North Sulawesi traditional art performances or exhibitions. It is suggested to call these centers prior to a visit for the latest traditional art shows.

Taman Budaya/Manado Cultural Center

Well known to local people as "Taman Budaya" ( /thâ-mân buddha-yâ/ ) or cultural park, it is located about 2 kilometers [1.2 miles] from downtown Manado. This cultural center was inaugurated on 24 January 2003, as the regional center for performances, training, development, and art management in the North Sulawesi province.

The exhibition room displays some paintings, dance costumes and traditional musical instruments. Visitors are allowed to play some of these musical instruments.

Manado Cultural Center can arrange a special traditional art performance, provided you inform them in advance, as they have a few trained groups of performers.

They can perform traditional dances, such as Kabasaran Lenso, Maengket, Pisok, Tumetenden and traditional music, such as Bamboo music, Bamboo with Clarinet, Shell music and Kolintang.

Location : Jl. Maengket, Wanea
Telephone and Fax : +62 431 864489
Operating hours : Monday-Thursday, 8am-4pm, Friday, 8am-11am
Admission charges : free
Facilities : canteen, exhibition room, library, a 500-seat theater hall, and toilets
Nearby attractions : souvenir shops (within 10 minutes walk to Jalan B.W. Lapian, turn left from the museum entrance gate)
How to get there : by mikrolet, from Pasar 45, take a mikrolet that goes in the "Teling" direction (less than 20 minutes), ask the driver to drop you off at "Komo' Dalam", which is right in front of a Junior High School (SMPN 1 Manado)
Remarks : This location is about 20-minutes away by mikrolet from "Pasar 45". Unfortunately this facility is not in its best condition.

International Flower Festival (formely Tomohon Flower Festival or TFF)

The very first festival of this kind was held in 2006 and was attended by 46 city representatives from all over Indonesia. Over the years the event became international. This year's festival will be held in August 2015.

Tomohon Flower Festival contact details:

Telephone/Fax : +62 431 351706
Email : [email protected].

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sarah 12 Oct 2014


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