Held for the third time in Surakarta, Central Java, from Sept. 23 to 25, the annual Indonesian Umbrella Festival [FPI] charmed visitors with beautiful, brightly colored umbrellas.
Throughout the three-day festival, hundreds of visitors packed Balekambang Park to enjoy the exotic umbrellas displayed across the park that was built by Surakarta king KGPAA Mangkunegara VII in 1921.
The festival’s organizing committee applied a zero-waste regulation to make the event comfortable for all visitors.
“In principle, this festival is a celebration of the people. Therefore, we are transforming all the people potential into cultural power. Umbrellas are part of our culture. Through the 2016 FPI, we want to perform new works inspired by umbrellas,” festival initiator Heru Mataya said.
Colorful umbrellas greeted visitors from the park’s entrance. The beautiful art works captivated their eyes. They seemed unable to wait any longer to take selfies in front of the umbrella art installations, giving more spirit to the festival atmosphere.
Pictures uploaded on social media, in fact, became a magnet for many people to visit the 2016 FPI themed “Sky Umbrella, Exploring Indonesia”.
“Social media has become an efficient publication tool,” said Heru. [ebf]