Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said that to celebrate
New Year’s, the city administration will stage the Jakarta Night Festival,
which will be totally different from last year’s celebration.
“The Jakarta Night Festival will focus on
national cultures and will not be centered around Monas or the Hotel Indonesia
traffic circle. Events will be held simultaneously in the five municipalities
to avoid traffic jams in Central Jakarta,” he said on Friday.
He said all mayors should play an active
role in hosting their own events by showcasing various cultural performances
from regions across the country.
“All mayors should be creative and
innovative. Five days before the event, they are asked to present their
programs and the budgets they need to organize the cultural events,” he said.
Separately, Tourism and Culture Agency
head Arie Budhiman declined to reveal what attractions were being prepared to
greet the new year, except to say there would be a surprise. “What we are
preparing will be attractive and different from last year,” he said.