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Jakarta Post

Didik Nini Thowok: Busking for culture, tourism

  • Slamet Susanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Sat, May 17 2008   /  11:15 am

DIDI NINI THOWOK People usually look down on buskers or roadside performers, assuming they are too lazy to work and are content earning a few pennies on the street. But not Didik Nini Thowok, who believes busking can actually serve as a way to preserve cultural traditions and even attract tourists. "Busking can become one of the ways to develop Yogyakarta as a culture-based tourist city," said Didik. Born in Temanggung, Central Java, the 54-year-old man told The Jakarta Post a group of traditional artists had recently been given a space to busk in the city center, on Jl. Malioboro. "But this activity has to be supported by all parties, since most groups of traditional artists are not financially secure," he said. Didik said he believed that regular shows by traditional art groups would help both the artists and local cultures ...