West Java Art Community Hosts Heritage Musical Instrument Festival

Tourists learn how to play angklung — a traditional musical instrument made of bamboo — at Saung Angklung Udjo in West Java. (Photo courtesy of Tourism Ministry)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 1:18 PM November 19, 2017
Category : Tourism

Jakarta. Art community Saung Angklung Udjo in West Java is holding its Angklung Pride festival for the seventh time from Nov. 1 to Nov. 19 to commemorate the traditional bamboo musical instrument's entry into Unesco’s Intangible Heritage list seven years ago.

The festival will feature angklung recitals on Nov. 1-15, an angklung jamboree on Nov. 18-19 and the final event, Angklung Pride, on Nov. 19.

"The finale will take place at Kebon Awi Udjo Cijaringao," Esthy Reko Astuti, the tourism development deputy at the Tourism Ministry, said in a statement on Saturday (18/11).

The festival will give away 1,000 angklungs to schools in the area to encourage students to take up the instrument and appreciate their own culture.

During the festival there will also be bazaars featuring local food, handmade souvenirs, pencak silat martial arts performances, traditional dances and the Creative Community Involvement and Udjo Award event.

"The award will be given to artists who have contributed to art and cultural preservation, especially angklung," said Wawan Gunawan, the ministry's head of cultural promotion.

Wawan said the local angklung industry can help boost the region's economy by attracting visitors who want to learn to play the instrument.

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