The Jakarta Post
From Aug. 17 to 22, the artists will exhibit their works at Balai Soedjatmoko. (Shutterstock/File)
Forty artists from 14 countries are currently participating in the 2018 International Art Camp (IAC) in Surakarta, Central Java.
The nine-day event, kicked off on Wednesday, aims to unite the world.
Among the 14 countries are China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, India, Nepal, Indonesia and other ASEAN countries. During the biennial event, the participants will join various programs, including art creation workshops, traditional shows, artist talks and cultural parades.
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The cultural parade will be held during Car Free Day on Sunday, featuring the participants in their traditional attire. The parade will start from the Surakarta mayor's official residence to the Ngarsapura area.
Furthermore, they will also visit several cultural centers in Surakarta and its surrounding areas, such as the Sangiran excavation site, Kraton Kasunanan Surakarta (Surakarta Palace), Pura Mangkunegaran and Radya Pustaka Museum.
From Aug. 17 to 22, the artists will exhibit their works at Balai Soedjatmoko.
Japanese artist Mina Katsuki said the IAC allows the participants to learn about other cultures, adding that the event could be a platform to build communication and peace between countries.
Katsuki mentioned the importance of communication and networking to promote the artworks.
“To be a global artist, one cannot work alone,” said Katsuki, adding that art could spread a message of peace in this globalization era.
Meanwhile, Indian artist Simanta Jyoti Baruah said Javanese traditional arts, particularly wayang (shadow puppets), have a close relationship with India.
“Wayang stories from India are enhanced by Indonesian content, particularly Javanese culture,” said Baruah, adding that until now Indian and Indonesian artists have had a harmonious relationship. (jes/kes)