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Environmental messages disseminated through music at Eco Music Camp 2016

Masajeng Rahmiasri

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, June 7, 2016  /  06:02 pm
Environmental messages disseminated through music at Eco Music Camp 2016

Eco Music Camp 2016 (JP/I.G. Dharma J.S)

Eco Music Camp 2016, a local festival held from June 2 to 5 at Halimun-Salak Mountain National Forest, Bogor, West Java is reported to have been a success. The event, held in conjunction with World Environment Day, was attended by some 300 music and environmental enthusiasts from around the world.

Scheduled activities included yoga and capoeira exercises in the morning, discussions about environmental issues in the afternoon, music performances in the evening, followed by an environmental movie screening.

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Indonesian and international musicians alike participated in the festival. Glenn Fredly performed several songs including Tinggikan and Cahaya Dari Timur: Beta Maluku. Matajiwa performed their songs, Inti and Semesta.

Vieux Cissokho, a musician from Senegal, was impressed by the local talent, “I was surprised. I have been to Bail, but this is my first time coming to this area. I met new musicians. It allowed me to see what Indonesians are able to do. They are really good, they have good skills and the music is very nice. Full of talent”.

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Born and raised in Java and Bali, Sandrayati Fay, an Irish-American musician appreciated the bond forged between participants at the event, “To me, it has been a very good opportunity to make new friends and collaborate. It is very nice to work together with so many people, so we don’t have to be alone. There is a big family here”.

Last year, Eco Music Camp had been held at Mekarsari Park, Bogor, in West Java, but the event director Franki Raden, decided to change venues in 2016, describing Halimun-Salak Mountain National Forest as a more suitable location.

“Mekarsari Park was a nice place, but not really that suitable because it is a privately owned park. This time, I really want to hold it in a proper place. This is the proper place. This is a protected forest. I feel much more comfortable to express all those kinds of issues (here)”. “This is like a test, whether we are expressing our concerns by doing the right thing at this particular place, or (whether) we are just (merely) speaking about this particular issue”.

Franki also stated that next year he plans to hold the event at a seaside venue as a refreshing change to the mountain scenery. (asw)