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Arts festival champions Jenes River conservation

  • Three men walk along the riverbanks of the brackish Jenes River, which has been polluted by chemical waste from nearby batik factories. Batik is the main source of livelihood for Surakarta’s Laweyan village, renowned for its sogan batik. JP/Stefanus Ajie

    Three men walk along the riverbanks of the brackish Jenes River, which has been polluted by chemical waste from nearby batik factories. Batik is the main source of livelihood for Surakarta’s Laweyan village, renowned for its sogan batik. JP/Stefanus Ajie

  • Baron Cilik’s central field witnesses a stage being assembled ahead of the inaugural Jener River Festival, which was held to raise environmental awareness on conserving the river. JP/Stefanus Ajie

    Baron Cilik’s central field witnesses a stage being assembled ahead of the inaugural Jener River Festival, which was held to raise environmental awareness on conserving the river. JP/Stefanus Ajie

  • Baron Cilik children express joy at their new library, which was set up as part of the Jener River Festival. JP/Stefanus Ajie

    Baron Cilik children express joy at their new library, which was set up as part of the Jener River Festival. JP/Stefanus Ajie

  • The festival’s guests and visitors walk along a riverbank path lit with lamps to reach the Jenes River Festival venue, coming face-to- face with the polluted river. JP/Stefanus Ajie

    The festival’s guests and visitors walk along a riverbank path lit with lamps to reach the Jenes River Festival venue, coming face-to- face with the polluted river. JP/Stefanus Ajie

  • The inaugural Jenes River Festival opened on Aug. 23 with Baron Cilik children chanting salawat, a song that praises the Prophet Muhammad. JP/Stefanus Ajie

    The inaugural Jenes River Festival opened on Aug. 23 with Baron Cilik children chanting salawat, a song that praises the Prophet Muhammad. JP/Stefanus Ajie

  • During the festival’s pre-event activities, the walls of Baron Cilik kampong were painted with environmental murals, including the illustration of a frog protesting the polluted condition of the river. JP/Stefanus Ajie

    During the festival’s pre-event activities, the walls of Baron Cilik kampong were painted with environmental murals, including the illustration of a frog protesting the polluted condition of the river. JP/Stefanus Ajie

  • Guest musician Fay Ehsan taps out a song during the Jenes River Festival. JP/Stefanus Ajie

    Guest musician Fay Ehsan taps out a song during the Jenes River Festival. JP/Stefanus Ajie

  • Malinke’s percussion performance enlivens the festival. JP/Stefanus Ajie

    Malinke’s percussion performance enlivens the festival. JP/Stefanus Ajie

  • Victory Voice, in collaboration with Malinke, belted out songs of the independence struggle, along with Javanese tunes. JP/Stefanus Ajie

    Victory Voice, in collaboration with Malinke, belted out songs of the independence struggle, along with Javanese tunes. JP/Stefanus Ajie

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