The Jakarta Post
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.
'Besides 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.
'We, 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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