Four days of poetry in Gorontalo to promote tolerance
Syamsul Huda M. Suhari
The Jakarta Post
A group of young people took the stage, one played a flute, the other a guitar and another recited a poem to the music. It was the opening act of a four day event called Tadarus Puisi (Study in Poetry) in the yard of the Riden Baruadi Gallery in Gorontalo, starting on Monday.
This year, the sixth annual Tadarus Puisi had a theme of tolerance. “Tadarus Puisi is held for everyone regardless of religion, ethnicity, race or ideology,” said Muhammad Djufryhard, an adviser to the event, in the opening speech on Monday.
Thousands of poems were recited at the event.
Zulkifli Lubis, an artist who was also one of the event initiators, said the goal of the event was to show the beauty of diversity through poetry.
The committee provided poems for the public to read and recite. Among the poems were works of Gorontalo poets and other Indonesian poets, like Goenawan Mohammad, Acep Zam Zam Noor, Sutardji Calzoum Bachri and Afrizal Malna.
The public was encouraged to join in and recite their own poems at the event. (evi)
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