Batik Music Festival, a showcase of three world masterpieces

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(photo: Prive. Doc)

Jakarta – Batik is a well-preserved heritage of Indonesia. Our people are strongly aware of batik’s importance and spare no effort to protect and pre­serve it as a cultural masterpiece. In­donesia’s unstinting efforts are heart­ily supported and appreciated around the globe: UNESCO named batik as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangi­ble Heritage of Humanity” on 2 Octo­ber 2009.

Ever since it won that recognition, Indonesia gratefully celebrates 2 Oc­tober of each year as National Batik Day. This year, Rajawali Indonesia, as an Indonesian music promotor, orga­nized a celebration: the “Batik Music Festival”, to be held on 5 October 2019 at the Prambanan Temple complex, in the Special Region of Yogyakarta.

Rajawali Indonesia CEO Anas Syahrul Alimi states that the Batik Music Festival will be a grand celebra­tion that showcases three world mas­terpieces in a single event: Prambanan Temple as a World Heritage Site, batik as an intangible heritage masterpiece, and Indonesian music as a world mas­terpiece. Rajawali Indonesia, in coop­eration with PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan, and Ratu Boko as Co-Promotor invites everyone to celebrate this year’s National Batik Day differently, by participating in the Batik Music Festival.

Anas perceives batik not simply as a cultural heritage that the world ad­mires, but also as an icon of Indone­sia’s identity as a great nation. “There­fore, the Batik Music Festival will be a spectacular show of both international and Indonesian musicians, among the latter being David Foster and Friends, who will collaborate with other musi­cians onstage. The Indonesian lineup includes Yovie and His Friends, Raisa, Kahitna, Arsy Widianto, BCL, Marcell, Rio Febrian and 5 Romeos. The artists will perform in two stages: the Festival Show and a Special Show. To com­plement the musical show, we invite our friends from batik companies in Indonesia to showcase their products in this festival,” he said.

PT Taman Wisata Candi Boro­budur, Prambanan, and Ratu Boko’s Director of Finance, HR, and Invest­ments Palwoto pointed out that a unique point in the Batik Music Fes­tival that differentiates it from other music festivals in Indonesia and the world is the dress code. Throughout the show, everyone involved – promo­tors, organizers, artists, and the audi­ence must wear batik. “This is the first international-scale music festival be­ing held in Indonesia – even the world – where you must use batik when par­ticipating. This is our effort as part of this nation to promote the use of ba­tik in a huge event. Furthermore, the ambience and artistic effects in the Batik Music Festival will all include batik. We are cooperating with famed Indonesian batik designers for the purpose,” he said.

Garuda Indonesia President Di­rector Ari Askhara stated that the airline supports Rajawali Indone­sia when it holds musical events, through the “GIA Event” program, of­fering a new method of buying tickets for relevant events, i.e. by swapping flight mileage. “Garuda Indonesia supports the Batik Music Festival, as it is in line with Garuda’s mission to introduce and promote Indonesia’s cultural wealth around the world. It also complements the philosophy of our service, “Garuda Indonesia Expe­rience”, which is to provide the best Indonesian experience in all aspects of our services, whether pre-flight, in-flight, or post-flight,” he said.

PT Melon Indonesia, by Telkom Indonesia’s President Director, Dedi Suherman, added that his company has been entrusted by the Batik Mu­sic Festival promotor to function as an Official Ticket Partner. There will be several ticket classes sold to all music lovers interested in joining the festival: The Super VVIP at IDR 5,000,000.00, the Diamond at IDR 3,000,000.00, the Platinum at IDR 2,500,000.00, the Gold at IDR 1,500,000.00, the Silver at IDR 1,250,000.00, and the Festival tickets at IDR 300,000.00 each.