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Jakarta Post

S. Sumatra to hold Sriwijaya Festival

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Palembang   /   Sat, June 14, 2014   /  08:14 am

The South Sumatra provincial administration is gearing up to hold the Sriwijaya Festival from June 16 to 22 as part of a week focusing on tourism and culture.

According to South Sumatra Tourism and Culture Office secretary Firman Jaya, the Sriwijaya Festival will display the cultural performances of every region, a traditional cuisine exhibition and the making of a miniature-sized Ampera Bridge.

'€œBesides inviting participants from other provinces, we will also invite those from neighboring countries, such as Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Singapore and the Malaysian state of Malacca,'€ Firman said on Friday.

This year'€™s festival will be held at Taman Purbakala Kerajaan Sriwijaya (TPKS) Park.

Firman said the event was part of efforts to promote the TPKS to the international community as a remnant of the Sriwijaya Kingdom in Palembang.

Separately, Palembang Arts Council member Sudarto expressed regret that his council was not involved in the cultural event.

'€œWe, as artists, feel left out, not involved in the event, whereas in fact we could'€™ve provided input to make the event more attractive than in previous years,'€ said Sudarto.

He also deemed the venue to be too difficult to access, thus discouraging Palembang residents from attending.

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