The Jakarta Post
School children play angklung on Sunday in the front yard of Gedung Sate in Bandung, West Java to celebrate the day that UNESCO declared the angklung an Intangible Cultural Heritage on Nov. 16, 2010. (ANTARA/Raisan Al Farisi)
A mass angklung performance celebrating Angklung Day was held in the front yard of Gedung Sate in Bandung, West Java, on Nov. 18.
The performance, themed "From Local to Global", involved 5,000 participants from 172 art groups across Indonesia, breaking the Record Holders Republic (RHR)’s world record for the largest angklung performance.
"It is not a matter of breaking a record, but to globally introduce angklung,” West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said as quoted by tempo.co. He also said that the West Java provincial administration would provide angklung grants to all Indonesian embassies throughout the world.
“Everywhere I go, angklung becomes the easiest and most unique diplomatic tool,” Ridwan said.
Ridwan also plans on developing cultural centers in 27 cities and regencies in West Java. He intends to plant bamboo as a material for making traditional musical instruments.
Angklung was designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO on Nov. 16, 2010. Ridwan said the commemoration of Angklung Day was part of efforts to preserve Sundanese culture. (iru/kes)