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Indonesian Achievements Festival to recognize 72 'Icons'

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Sun, August 20, 2017 | 03:14 pm
Indonesian Achievements Festival to recognize 72 'Icons'

A dance troupe performs the Gandrung dance of Banyuwangi during the 72nd Independence Day celebrations on Thursday at the State Palace in Jakarta. The inaugural Indonesia Achievements Festival will be held on Aug.21-22 as part of the commemorations. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

To commemorate the 72nd anniversary of Indonesian Independence, the presidential working unit for the implementation of Pancasila (UKP-Pancasila) will hold its first Indonesia Achievements Festival (Festival Prestasi Indonesia) on Aug. 21 and 22 at the Jakarta Convention Center.

UKP-Pancasila head Yudi Latif stated on Aug16. in a media briefing session,“UKP-Pancasila is paving the way for a more optimistic historical vision by establishing a tradition of appreciating the positive performance and achievements of 72 Indonesians.”

One of the criteria for being selected as an "achievement icon" is having received an award in both the national and international spheres. 

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“For those who haven’t received any awards, we examine whether his or her work has had a real impact and broad influence for the environment or in the person’s profession,” Nia Sjariffudin, a member of the selection team explained to

The 72 icons are selected in the four categories of Science and Innovation, Sports, Arts and Culture, and Social Activism. 

One of the Science and Innovation icons is Dr. Taruna Ikrar, a doctor who was nominated in 2016 for a Nobel prize in medicine. He is currently serving as the dean of the School of Biomedical Sciences at the National Health University in California, the United States.

Representing the Sports category is badminton athlete and Olympian Alan Budikusuma, who won an Indonesian gold medal in men’s singles at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Film director Garin Nugroho is an icon in the Arts and Culture category, while Sinta Nurriyah Abdurrahman Wahid, founder of the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan), has been selected for Social Activism. 

Following the appreciation of the 72 icons of achievement, the Indonesia Achievements Festival will hold a performance titled "Pancasila Gemilang" (Glowing Pancasila), curated and directed by Jay Subiyakto. The performance will feature Erwin Gutawa, K.H. Ahmad Mustofa Bisri, international vocal champion Lyodra Margareta Ginting, and a number of other renowned musicians. (asw)