The Jakarta Post
The YouTube FanFest showcase is meant to serve as an event to facilitate offline interaction between YouTubers and their fans. (Shutterstock/File)
YouTube Fanfest Indonesia, which was initially scheduled to be held at Jakarta’s JIEXPO Kemayoran this weekend, has been postponed on account of the inauguration of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and vice president-elect Ma’ruf Amin on Sunday.
“After receiving recommendations from Indonesian authorities regarding the inauguration, we have decided to postpone the YouTube FanFest in Jakarta this weekend,” a representative from YouTube said in a statement.
Jokowi and Ma’ruf, the winning pair of April’s presidential election, are slated to be sworn in as the country’s leaders for the next five years in a ceremony at the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) on Oct. 20.
The capital is expected to see increased security measures in the hours leading up to and around the inauguration, as the high-profile ceremony is set to see numbers of political and government bigwigs as well as representatives and leaders of foreign countries among the attendees.
YouTube FanFest Jakarta, which was initially scheduled to take place on Thursday and Saturday, was meant to be part of a series of showcases held in several cities in Indonesia.
Prior to the Jakarta show, YouTube FanFest showcases had been organized in Yogyakarta, Surabaya in East Java and Bandung in West Java. The series of showcases will close in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Nov. 16 to 17 in the Claro hotel ballroom.
The showcase series facilitates offline interaction between YouTubers and their fans in various cities. The event has invited various content creators such as YouTuber Atta Halilintar, rapper Young Lex and duo Aviwkila.
“We are sorry for this inconvenience. Please follow the updates through account @youtubefanfest on social media for the newest information,” the statement said. (gis)