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Yogyakarta Culture Festival seeks to embody culture beyond art

Bambang Muryanto

The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta, Central Java  /  Tue, June 4, 2019  /  09:10 am
  • “Freak Man Show” performance on Jl. Malioboro, as part of the FKY 2019 pre-event performances on Saturday, June 1.

    “Freak Man Show” performance on Jl. Malioboro, as part of the FKY 2019 pre-event performances on Saturday, June 1. OF JP/Bambang Muryanto

    “Freak Man Show” performance on Jl. Malioboro, as part of the FKY 2019 pre-event performances on Saturday, June 1.

  • Traditional music collective Sakpenake performs at Malioboro After Midnight. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)

    Traditional music collective Sakpenake performs at Malioboro After Midnight. (JP/Bambang Muryanto) OF JP/Bambang Muryanto

    Traditional music collective Sakpenake performs at Malioboro After Midnight. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)

  • A daring performance from Jogja Fire Dance Foundation at Malioboro After Midnight, part of the Mulanira Malyabhara pre-event performances. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)

    A daring performance from Jogja Fire Dance Foundation at Malioboro After Midnight, part of the Mulanira Malyabhara pre-event performances. (JP/Bambang Muryanto) OF JP/Bambang Muryanto

    A daring performance from Jogja Fire Dance Foundation at Malioboro After Midnight, part of the Mulanira Malyabhara pre-event performances. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)

  • FKY 2019 general director Paksi Raras Alit reads Javanese poetry. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)

    FKY 2019 general director Paksi Raras Alit reads Javanese poetry. (JP/Bambang Muryanto) OF JP/Bambang Muryanto

    FKY 2019 general director Paksi Raras Alit reads Javanese poetry. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)

  • Kirab Drummer Guyub Yogyakarta music collective performs alongside the “Freak Man Show” at Malioboro After Midnight. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)

    Kirab Drummer Guyub Yogyakarta music collective performs alongside the “Freak Man Show” at Malioboro After Midnight. (JP/Bambang Muryanto) OF JP/Bambang Muryanto

    Kirab Drummer Guyub Yogyakarta music collective performs alongside the “Freak Man Show” at Malioboro After Midnight. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)

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On its 30th anniversary, the iconic Yogyakarta Art Festival officially renamed itself Yogyakarta Culture Festival (FKY) in an effort to embody the cultural roots of the region beyond art. Yogyakarta Cultural Agency head Aris Eko Nugroho said the name change marked a new chapter of the festival, which debuted in 1989.  “We want to expand the definition of culture beyond art,” Aris said in a statement. He added that, in accordance with Regional Regulation No. 3/2017 on the preservation and development of culture, cultural objects included traditions, language, science and technology, and art.  This year’s FKY, which will run from July 4 to 21, was preceded by a series of festivities taking place around the region’s major shopping district on Jl. Malioboro last Saturday.  The pre-event festivities, collectively dubbed Mulanira Malyabhara...