The Jakarta Post
Most visitors to Yogyakarta list the royal palace, or keraton, as one of their top destinations. The 2017 Kampung Musikanan Festival, which is being held in the palace district on July 16, will give even more reason for tourists to visit the area and immerse in the region's rich cultural traditions. (Shutterstock/-)
In its effort to revive the musical traditions of Kampung Musikanan ("musicians' kampong"), a neighborhood where the Yogyakarta Royal Palace musicians live, the Yogyakarta government is again hosting the Kampung Musikanan cultural festival this year, on July 16.
Yogyakarta Tourism Agency secretary Ruse Sutikno said Thursday that the festival would involve artists and cultural experts, with events taking place along Jl. Kampung Musikanan in the palace district.
"Our goal is to introduce and to revive the musical tradition in the kampong where the keraton [palace] musicians live," Ruse said, as quoted by tempo.co.
Ruse added that the festival could also turn the area into a new tourist destination.
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Festival committee chairman Prijo Mustiko said the event, themed "Celebrating the diversity of the music of the archipelago", would include three concerts, a culinary bazaar, photo exhibitions, a display of ancient musical instruments and discussions.
The kampong's neighborhood unit (RT) head, Sigit Wicaksono, said the festival could inspire the return of the tradition of nurturing music in the area, adding that several Indonesian musicians began their career there, such as the late, great musicians violinist Idris Sardi and jazz saxophonist Embong Rahardjo.
"Many move to Jakarta for financial reasons. But many successors still remain in the kamong," Sigit said. (liz/kes)