The government has implemented cultural festivals and events at national level to support the mobility of artists and cultural professionals. The related festivals and events are;
1. National Festival of Culture;
2. National Day of Timor-Leste; and
3. Cultural event and festival in the national level;
National festival of culture is holding regularly every year, in celebrating the National Day of Culture; October 14.
The event aims to celebrate the richness of Timor-Leste cultural diversity, via mobilizing various artists and culture professional in national territory to preserving, valuing and promoting jointly. Furthermore, all artist and culture professional are benefited to interchange the diversity among municipalities.
The National Day of Culture is celebrating through performance of traditional music, dance, and show, exhibitions of painting, poetry and literature; apart it holding seminar on the cultural theme to strength the notion, knowledge of students and civil society organizations.
The integration of culture in national event is visibly in national days, such as; Restoration of Independence Day, may 20; Referendum Day, august 30; independence day, November 28; etc. The celebrations are consisting of music concert, exhibitions of photography, books display, fair of traditional handcraft and other cultural performances such traditional music and dance, where mobilizing most of the artists and cultural professionals in the national territory.
In addition, another national culture event is organized with specific character to mobilize artists and cultural professionals in the national level are following:
1. National festival for culture 2004
This festival was the first national cultural event organized in the era of independence. The festival was held by the National Directorate for Culture under Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture, giving opportunity for traditional performance such as; dance, music, theatre, poetry and ethnography exhibition. The event was participated by five hundred (500) artists and cultural professional from all ethnic groups in national territories. The festival was organized consecutively in 2005 and 2006.
2. Cultural Festival 2010
Cultural Festival in 2010 was held as part of 35th anniversary of the proclamation of independence day. It serves as measure to promote the cultural diversity in the country; it consists of traditional music, dance, as well as some western culture that frequently have been practiced. The festival was highlighted to bring back the Tebe Dahur dance and ritual practices, in keeping the visibility to the society and the young generations.
3. Ramelau Festival 2011
In 2011, the president of Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, at that moment, Mr. Jose Ramos Horta in cooperation with the State Secretary for Art and Culture organized the Ramelau Festival with the participation of the cultural professionals from all municipalities to present their culture in order to contribute to the consolidation of national identity.
4. Artistic Caravan
In 2015, Timor-Leste conference among the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) conference, in Dili. In the conference was organized an artistic caravan by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture aimed to welcome the participants and demonstrating peace through the cultural creativity performances in the event. The artistic caravan was realized with the participation of the cultural professional of all municipalities with their own cultural performances.
5. Cultural Festival of Popular Resistance 2019
Cultural Festival of Popular Resistance was one of the greatest festivals in the year. The festival aimed to Commemorate the 20th anniversary of referendum and arrival of the International Force for East Timor (INTERFET) mission, remembering significantly historic moment where Timorese decided the independence of the country. The event was conducted with following activities: exhibition on traditional craft, painting, choral competition, music concert and movie show. In addition, highlighted the mobilization of traditional dancer from all municipalities, involved voters in popular consultation 20 years ago.
Reported achievements include:
1. the National Festival of Culture in 2004 was the first major festival held in the era of independence, which created the spirit of continuity in future cultural events; and
2. various cultural events got to mobilize artists and cultural practitioners in national territory;
Financial allocated to National Festival of Culture
2015: U$ 38,000.00
2016: U$ 133,783.00
2018: U$ 27,918.00
2019 : U$ 20,000.00
|Name of partner||Type of entity|
Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Culture
Ministry of Tourism, Commerce and Industry
Ministry of Education Ministry of State Administration
Ministry of Public work
State Secretary for Youth and Sport