This year, the city of Palembang celebrates its 1336th birthday. To honor this annual celebration, various events will be held across the city by the local government. Three Archipelago International properties — located nearby the location where the celebration —  provide special offers for those wanting to experience the anniversary feestivities. 

This year, the city of Palembang celebrates its 1336th birthday. Photo courtesy of Archipelago International/NOW!JAKARTA

Here are some of the most anticipated events held during the anniversary celebration: 

Bidar Prestasi Competition

This boat race on the Musi River has been around since colonial times. It is participated by various institutions and companies in Palembang, while local and foreign tourists can watch the competition takes place from two locations: Ampera Bridge and Musi Bridge 6. This year the race will be held on 16 June.

Sriwijaya Festival

This cultural festival marks its 28th year and will showcase cultural attractions from various regions in South Sumatra. For a full week from 12 to 22 June, the Sriwijaya Festival will be held in the courtyard of the Kuto Besak Fortress, located right on the banks of the Musi River.

Palembang Expo

Attended by local and national government institutions and various companies with branches in Palembang, Palembang Expo will be held from 22 to 24 June to introduce the community and tourists to those who have contributed to the rapid development in Palembang, particularly those within the economic field.

Fashion Festival

With the theme "From Time to Time", this year’s Fashion Festival will be held at the court of Kuto Besak Fortress featuring a variety of traditional Palembang clothes. Various shows will take place from 22 to 23 June.

Palembang Nian Art Festival

This inspiring art festival will be one of the closing events for Palembang’s 1336th birthday celebration. Located at the Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Museum, the festival will showcase all sorts of installations and exhibits related to Palembang's art and culture, spectacularly displayed on a magnificent stage.

Deluxe room at favehotel Palembang. 

For those who want to experience Palembang’s 1336th birthday celebration, favehotel Palembang, HARPER Palembang, and ASTON Palembang Hotel & Conference Center — which are located strategically around the celebration — provide discounts of up to 20 per cent on direct room bookings via the website until the 30 June. 

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